Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Silverstone, 2011

Mercedes pass Renault in the championship

2011 British GP team reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

A double points finish at Silverstone put Mercedes in front of Renault in the championship.

Mercedes introduced a new exhaust package and had a few problems with it in practice, dousing the back of Nico Rosberg’s car with fire extinguisher foam at one stage.

Michael Schumacher Nico Rosberg
Qualifying position 13 9
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’32.656 (+0.361) 1’32.295
Race position 9 6
Laps 52/52 52/52
Pit stops 2 2

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
Michael Schumacher 122.353 114.523 114.23 113.74 113.573 112.871 112.961 112.661 120.764 135.4 109.012 107.844 105.788 104.491 103.475 99.067 127.302 101.199 101.44 101.311 100.646 100.324 99.75 99.47 99.191 98.826 100.224 99.213 99.162 99.315 95.755 116.292 97.499 97.034 97.823 97.158 97.294 97.406 97.266 97.275 97.67 97.369 97.433 97.641 97.521 97.578 97.929 98.195 98.491 99.333 99.316 99.704
Nico Rosberg 124.247 115.65 115.107 115.158 114.936 113.829 113.214 112.444 113.571 112.366 112.311 108.646 127.325 104.861 103.505 102.885 102.083 101.176 100.898 100.78 100.676 100.194 101.18 99.907 99.522 99.011 99.745 99.287 98.764 96.719 116.531 97.073 97.624 97.494 97.541 97.472 97.244 97.359 97.323 97.345 97.101 97.357 97.497 97.918 97.936 97.931 98.419 98.141 98.021 100.165 98.873 99.499

Michael Schumacher

Schumacher was delayed by a gearbox problem in final practice. In qualifying he missed out on the top ten for the fourth time this year:

“Owing to the uncertain weather situation, and in order to not risk driving in the rain, we went out rather early, which simply turned out to be too early.

“On my last lap, the tyres were unfortunately already gone and, especially in turn six, I suffered understeer which cost me the time to make it into the top ten.”

Not for the first time this year, Schumacher started well, gaining four places to run ninth. But he ran into Kamui Kobayashi while trying to use DRS to pass the Sauber.

He admitted the collision was “my fault”, saying: “Having used DRS for the first time in the race, I was arriving at the corner with over-run. Underestimating the effect, my braking was not good and this is how the collision happened.

“It was right to get a penalty but why it had to be a stop-go, and not a drive-through penalty, I would like to understand better as I felt it was too hard.”

Stop-go penalties were used in place of drive-throughs at Silverstone because the time lost coming into the new pit lane was so low. Drivers were gaining around a second over their usual lap times on in-laps.

Schumacher took the opportunity to switch to soft tyres, which turned out to be perfectly-timed and the other drivers soon followed his lead. This helped him take back some of the time lost.

He passed Jaime Alguersuari at Stowe on lap 33 for what turned out to be ninth place.

Michael Schumacher 2011 form guide

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Silverstone, 2011
Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Silverstone, 2011

Nico Rosberg

Like Lewis Hamilton, Rosberg started Q3 on a used set of option tyres with a view to using a new set for his final run.

But that plan was scuppered by fresh rainfall – Rosberg pressed on and caught a lurid slide at the exit of Chapel but was forced to abort his run, starting ninth.

He got off the line well but was passed by Lewis Hamilton on the outside of Village and lost further places to his team mate and Adrian Sutil.

Rosberg was the highest-running driver to commit to a two-stop strategy and made it work well, finishing “best of the rest” in sixth place.

Nico Rosberg 2011 form guide

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