Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Valencia, 2011

Mercedes: Schumacher takes blame for collision

2011 European GP team reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Michael Schumacher admitted his collision with Vitaly Petrov was his mistake.

Michael Schumacher Nico Rosberg
Qualifying position 8 7
Qualifying time comparison (Q3) 1’38.240 (+0.009) 1’38.231
Race position 17 7
Laps 56/57 57/57
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
Michael Schumacher 116.29 107.897 107.437 107.134 107.263 106.854 106.514 106.637 106.705 106.989 106.623 106.812 107.299 122.847 147.804 111.647 105.664 105.751 105.605 105.208 105.085 105.082 105.351 105.515 107.044 105.403 105.583 105.194 105.534 106.679 122.008 115.218 105.361 106.252 104.91 105.227 105.164 105.007 105.216 105.388 105.473 105.21 105.463 104.721 104.806 106.285 105.619 105.176 105.606 104.578 105.198 104.84 104.652 104.71 105.363 108.419
Nico Rosberg 114.972 107.305 107.028 106.938 107.136 107.801 106.604 106.249 106.112 106.579 106.477 121.287 111.574 106.712 106.039 106.355 105.448 105.428 105.337 105.736 105.205 104.956 105.066 105.298 106.144 105.577 106.267 105.929 106.645 124.054 110.392 104.184 104.28 105.397 104.647 104.277 104.213 104.836 105.387 103.95 103.862 104.07 104.091 103.963 118.677 111.471 103.897 104.132 104.004 104.168 103.89 104.162 103.649 104.117 104.094 103.89 104.301
Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Valencia, 2011
Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Valencia, 2011

Michael Schumacher

There was little in it between the two Mercedes in qualifying: Schumacher was less than a hundredth of a second slower than Rosberg.

But his race went wrong after his first pit stop, when he ran into Vitaly Petrov at the second corner.

Schumacher said: “I saw Petrov quite late, even though I was aware that he was coming, and tried to brake as late as possible and go round the corner with him.

“But when I wanted to draw back, I locked the front wheel and slipped into him, which was clearly my mistake.”

The time lost returning to the pits left him 17th at the chequered flag – his worst ever finishing position in an F1 race.

Michael Schumacher 2011 form guide

Nico Rosberg

After a messy weekend in Canada Rosberg had a solid, if quiet run in Valencia.

He squeezed past Jenson Button on the first lap but didn’t see the McLaren driver lunging for the inside at turn two on lap six to claim the position back.

From there on he faced little threat from behind for his seventh place. He dropped behind the two stopping Jaime Alguersuari but passed him back quite easily on lap 39.

The team had been planning to pit him twice, feeling they’d improved the tyre wear on the W02. Rosberg had saved a fresh set of soft tyre during qualifying with this in mind, but with the front-runners making three stops they elected to do the same.

Nico Rosberg 2011 form guide

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