Schumacher scores for struggling Mercedes

2011 Malaysian GP team review

Mercedes continued to struggle in Sepang but Michael Schumacher at least got some points on the board.

Michael Schumacher Nico Rosberg
Qualifying position 11 9
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’37.035 (+0.647) 1’36.388
Race position 9 12
Laps 56/56 55/56
Pit stops 3 3

Mercedes drivers’ lap times throughout the race:

http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/charts/2011drivercolours.csv
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56
Michael Schumacher 115.519 106.714 106.209 105.897 105.888 107.025 106.357 106.329 106.175 106.424 106.778 107.407 109.622 114.37 123.978 105.112 105.604 104.639 104.305 104.212 103.91 104.316 104.344 104.852 105.414 104.878 105.971 110.291 122.752 105.02 103.721 103.272 103.312 103.743 103.664 103.646 104.286 104.056 103.78 103.954 104.027 112.297 121.177 102.923 102.491 102.566 102.623 102.678 102.646 102.738 102.658 103.217 103.641 103.522 103.527 104.251
Nico Rosberg 118.442 107.775 106.438 106.506 106.436 106.709 106.604 106.901 107.296 107.115 107.531 108.402 109.919 112.379 114.635 126.808 105.561 104.036 103.825 103.76 103.774 103.82 103.965 104.129 104.467 104.692 107 105.839 109.314 122.38 103.332 104.747 103.77 103.747 104.09 104.827 105.737 107.103 107.088 110.601 121.645 102.22 101.982 102.081 101.778 103.595 101.968 102.294 105.561 104.193 102.294 102.133 103.573 105.332 103.621
Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Sepang, 2011

Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Sepang, 2011

Michael Schumacher

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.

Michael Schumacher 2011 form guide

Nico Rosberg

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.

Nico Rosberg 2011 form guide

2011 Malaysian Grand Prix


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