Mercedes continued to struggle in Sepang but Michael Schumacher at least got some points on the board.
|Michael Schumacher||Nico Rosberg|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q2)||1’37.035 (+0.647)||1’36.388|
Mercedes drivers’ lap times throughout the race:
Schumacher had problems with his Drag Reduction System not working properly in qualifying and missed out on the top ten for the second race in a row.
He moved up to eighth at the start and briefly got ahead of Fernando Alonso but lost the place further around the first lap.
He ran the closest thing to a ‘normal’ strategy – three stops, using hard tyres only for the last stint – but lost out to the two-stopping Kamui Kobayashi.
Schumacher passed Paul di Resta three laps from home to secure Mercedes’ first points of the year.
While Schumacher went forwards at the start, Rosberg slipped back from ninth to 12th. He was out-dragged on the run to the first corner and passed around the outside by several cars.
His attempts to move up through the field were thwarted when he was passed by Paul di Resta.
He picked off the two Toro Rossos later in the race to finish 12th.
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