Mercedes: Rosberg wanted Schumacher to let him pass

2011 Spanish GP team review

Nico Rosberg spent much of the Spanish Grand Prix stuck behind his team mate.

According to reports after the race, Rosberg even urged his team to tell Michael Schumacher to let him pass.

They didn’t, and Rosberg ended the race in Schumacher’s wheel tracks.

Michael Schumacher Nico Rosberg
Qualifying position 10 7
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’22.671 (+0.102) 1’22.569
Race position 6 7
Laps 65/66 65/66
Pit stops 3 3

Mercedes drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):

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 57 58 59 60 61
Michael Schumacher 98.633 92.839 92.136 92.005 91.738 91.711 91.903 91.809 91.849 94.99 107.184 91.62 91.663 91.267 92.941 91.501 91.25 91.167 90.774 91.274 91.23 91.61 91.139 91.669 92.32 93.631 107.167 90.838 90.804 90.428 90.573 90.241 90.058 89.463 90.197 90.717 90.428 89.923 91.798 90.965 92.641 107.165 89.572 89.818 90.228 90.367 91.74 90.98 89.821 90.272 90.616 90.021 89.953 92.203 90.225 90.065 89.804 90.236 90.661 89.672 89.848
Nico Rosberg 99.139 92.784 92.187 92.434 91.597 91.71 91.829 91.93 91.869 92.404 95.52 108.494 92.882 90.624 91.393 90.355 90.745 90.742 91.017 91.016 91.467 91.839 91.187 91.734 92.333 92.891 95.206 106.678 91.725 89.596 89.705 89.958 89.671 89.155 89.323 89.622 90.433 90.361 91.21 91.556 90.501 92.936 107.254 89.608 89.763 92.848 90.12 89.839 89.797 90.123 90.297 90.591 89.887 92.91 90.652 89.67 89.417 90.549 89.817 89.564 89.923
Michael Schumacher, Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Barcelona, 2011

Michael Schumacher, Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Barcelona, 2011

Michael Schumacher

Schumacher’s KERS failed during Q3 so the team limited the damage by sending him out on hard tyres as a precaution. He didn’t set a time anyway and started tenth.

He took advantage of Vitaly Petrov edging Rosberg onto the grass at turn three to get ahead of his team mate and stayed there.

He came in one lap before Rosberg at all three pit stops, which gave him the benefit of fresher tyres each time, allowing him to stay ahead.

Michael Schumacher 2011 form guide

Nico Rosberg

Rosberg spent almost all of the race stuck behind Schumacher, hampered by faults with his radio and DRS.

Towards the end of the race he had Nick Heidfeld bearing down on him – the trio were covered by 1.3 seconds at the line.

Nico Rosberg 2011 form guide

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Michael Schumacher, Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Barcelona, 2011

Michael Schumacher, Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Barcelona, 2011

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