Michael Schumacher, Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Monaco, 2011

Mercedes: No points as drivers struggle in race

2011 Monaco GP team reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Both Mercedes drivers struggled with rear tyre wear in Monaco.

Michael Schumacher Nico Rosberg
Qualifying position 5 8
Qualifying time comparison (Q3) 1’14.682 (-1.084) 1’15.766
Race position 11
Laps 32/78 76/78
Pit stops 1 4

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 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78
Michael Schumacher 93.403 82.513 82.017 81.764 81.641 81.662 81.573 82.363 82.154 83.853 82.673 111.382 83.386 81.023 80.982 81.892 80.874 80.246 80.266 80.927 83.088 83.87 81.127 81.383 81.874 82.95 82.479 82.666 81.03 79.801 79.966 81.624
Nico Rosberg 89.991 82.095 81.264 81.007 81.012 80.804 80.911 81.179 81.267 81.634 82.197 82.541 83.681 86.664 104.553 86.254 81.426 82.16 82.467 82.534 83.817 83.636 80.915 81.643 81.986 83.063 82.31 82.663 83.19 83.128 83.66 83.989 107.431 108.467 116.654 117.187 114.463 87.083 83.467 82.517 81.91 81.916 81.501 81.85 81.742 82.19 80.573 80.403 80.463 80.394 80.658 80.794 99.45 83.007 79.774 78.699 79.229 79.381 80.378 79.673 80.248 79.5 79.897 80.668 83.349 86.286 92.939 127.92 124.421 123.478 80.377 79.467 78.908 79.085 82.098

Michael Schumacher

Got his weekend off to a bad start with a crash at Sainte Devote in first practice. But it cost him little time as the team were able to repair his car for the next session.

Schumacher bogged down at the start as his engine went into anti-stall mode, and clipped the back of Lewis Hamilton’s car. He then passed Hamilton at the hairpin for ninth but the McLaren driver took the place back eight laps later.

Struggling badly on his super-soft tyres, with visible rear tyre graining, Schumacher was easy meat for Rubens Barrichello and became the first driver to pit on lap 12, falling to 21st.

He later muscled past his team mate for 14th place but retired a few laps later with a fire in his airbox.

Michael Schumacher 2011 form guide

Michael Schumacher, Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Monaco, 2011
Michael Schumacher, Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Monaco, 2011

Nico Rosberg

Rosberg had a frightening near miss when he crashed in practice on Saturday morning, skidding past the barrier which Sergio Perez later struck.

His mechanics worked swiftly to return him to the track in time for qualifying and he made it into Q3.

Like Hamilton, he failed to set a time before Perez’s crash and had to do a time much later on when the track was not giving as much grip. He started behind Schumacher for the first time this year.

He also suffered high tyre wear early in the race and at one point had Felipe Massa, Pastor Maldonado, Vitaly Petrov and Hamilton all within 1.7 seconds of him.

Massa and Maldonado squeezed past at Tabac before Rosberg ducked into the pits on lap 15 to switch to the soft tyres.

He struggled with tyre wear to finish a twice-lapped 11th.

Ross Brawn said: “The difficulties that we experienced on the first set of tyres, with the super softs falling away from us and graining so early, really dictated our race.

“We need to look into it as this was surprising after the good pace we had during the practice sessions. We had a few technical problems with the cars in the race but the core issue was the inability to make the first set of tyres last more than ten or twelve laps.”

Nico Rosberg 2011 form guide

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