Mercedes: Schumacher misses out on podium

2011 Canadian GP team review

Schumacher was second with six laps to go but couldn’t keep Webber and Button behind.

Michael Schumacher Nico Rosberg
Qualifying position 8 6
Qualifying time comparison (Q3) 1’13.864 (+0.05) 1’13.814
Race position 4 11
Laps 70/70 70/70
Pit stops 4 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
Michael Schumacher 144.977 125.956 125.668 123.663 98.287 98.25 97.4 104.31 121.199 130.428 125.969 121.95 96.17 95.674 96 95.855 95.702 110.361 112.093 111.318 123.578 106.469 115.623 136.923 142.426 127.24 122.666 121.69 121.451 121.084 123.528 120.808 133.451 92.649 95.008 106.036 114.738 125.39 122.461 93.323 91.985 91.614 90.825 89.215 89.274 88.279 87.575 88.024 87.088 87.52 100.827 95.183 84.963 82.814 84.362 98.943 107.664 119.371 120.872 82.593 81.225 81.196 80.717 80.356 79.885 80.85 81.497 80.048 79.138
Nico Rosberg 143.501 126.573 125.174 123.454 98.927 97.799 97.284 104.558 121.705 130.917 125.882 122.073 95.478 95.55 95.861 96.19 109.948 96.58 124.881 114.586 105.897 106.373 116.27 137.549 143.417 126.887 122.293 122.49 121.53 120.926 122.892 121.577 119.858 95.976 106.606 106.643 114.565 125.33 122.888 95.507 93.205 92.093 92.332 91.115 89.276 89.409 89.04 87.987 87.307 88.905 88.687 105.248 101.232 85.832 85.45 105.077 105.429 92.627 118.621 86.34 83.171 82.881 82.494 81.648 81.62 82.303 81.073 80.071 95.635
Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Montreal, 2011

Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Montreal, 2011

Michael Schumacher

Schumacher qualified eighth, complaining of a car problem that cost him time: “I had lost drive momentarily after turn four during my last lap but otherwise I had a clean lap”.

He followed Rosberg’s lead in switching to intermediate tyres – but the return of the rain caught them out and both had to switch back to wets.

When the race restarted he tried to pass Rosberg at the final chicane but couldn’t make it through.

He switched to intermediates on lap 34 – two laps before Rosberg – and gained several places by doing do, moving up to seventh.

On lap 42 he took an advantage of a mistake by Mark Webber to take sixth, which became fifth after Paul di Resta hit Nick Heidfeld.

Three laps later he used DRS to pass Heidfeld. He quickly caught the battling Kamui Kobayshi and Felipe Massa and took advantage of a mistake by the Sauber driver to pass the pair of them.

After switching to slick tyres he came under pressure from Webber and Jenson Button. Equipped with DRS, it was only a matter of time before they passed him.

He took the final restart well and even had a look at passing Vettel, but soon fell back into the clutches of his pursuers.

First Button, then Webber picked off the Mercedes. That left Schumacher a season-best fourth but still yet to stand on the podium following his 2010 comeback.

“I am leaving this race with one eye laughing and one eye crying, as I am not sure if I should be excited or sad about it,” he said.

“Having been in second place towards the end, I would obviously have loved to finish there and be on the podium again”.

Michael Schumacher 2011 form guide

Nico Rosberg

Rosberg was fastest in the first practice session and later said Mercedes had made progress with their tyre wear problem:

“I’m pretty confident that we can do better in the race, certainly compared to our pace in Monaco. We’ve put in a lot of work on race performance and I hope we can translate that”.

The wet running meant we didn’t get to see if the W02 would treat its tyres any better.

Pitting later than Schumacher for intermediates hurt him badly. He was hit by Adrian Sutil and then passed by the two Williams drivers.

After the final restart he got past Jaime Alguersuari and Rubens Barrichello as they were held up by Kamui Kobayashi. That left him seventh.

With three laps to go he hit Kobayashi trying to pass the Sauber, damaging his front wing, and allowing Felipe Massa past.

The wing came off on the final lap and he was unable to prevent Alguesuari, Barrichello, and Sebastien Buemi all passing him, leaving him out of the points.

Nico Rosberg 2011 form guide

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116 comments on Mercedes: Schumacher misses out on podium

  1. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 13th June 2011, 23:18

    Almost Schumacher, almost. You could see it in his face before he said about not knowing whether to be happy or cry.

    I think seeing him on the podium would have been marginally better than Kobayashi simply because the Sauber driver has time on his hands.

    Rosberg was quieter than usual.

  2. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 14th June 2011, 3:17

    Best race since his comeback last year.Not sure why he struggled in the closing stage of the race.The way he raced today we all have a glitch of his hay days.Though disspointed of him not getting the podium,I hope this race give him motivation for more hunger in the coming races.

  3. Shomir said on 14th June 2011, 3:49

    Now i was one of the few people who only started to watch Formula 1 after Schumi’s “Reign” as i was too young then.

    But im going to assume his double pass on Kobayashi and Massa was just as good :)

  4. Maurício Fonseca said on 14th June 2011, 17:50

    With a little bit of luck, he will never get to a podium again.

  5. Joe R said on 14th June 2011, 19:40

    Oh please. The DRS system is available to everyone. If car A is passed with this aid, it can simply re overtake the overtaker on the next lap….. so what is the argument here?????

    • DVC said on 15th June 2011, 8:35

      Except at Canada, where there was a double-dip DRS zone to allow the car that had just passed DRS-assisted to get further away and clear the car behind out of their 1s DRS activation range you mean?

  6. oopsy said on 25th June 2011, 16:36

    Schumacher should have made Webber pass him right before the DRS zone so he would have been the car behind and within the one second.

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