2011 European GP team review
Michael Schumacher admitted his collision with Vitaly Petrov was his mistake.
|Michael Schumacher||Nico Rosberg|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q3)||1’38.240 (+0.009)||1’38.231|
Mercedes drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):
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.
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.
2011 European Grand Prix
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- 2011 European Grand Prix: complete race weekend review
- Vote for your driver of the European GP weekend
- Red Bull: “Rules changed but not the result”
- Ferrari: Alonso says Red Bull up to a second faster
- McLaren: Only third-fastest in Valencia
- Mercedes: Schumacher takes blame for collision
- Toro Rosso: Alguersuari bounces back
- Sauber: Perez nearly grabs a point with one-stopper
- Renault: Boullier unhappy with single point
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