Felipe Massa, Nico Rosberg, Nurburgring, 2011

Mercedes: Three-stopper costs Rosberg a place

2011 German GP team reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Mercedes ran a new rear wing but both drivers were lapped on the way to seventh and eighth.

However they increased their lead over closest championship rivals Renault.

Michael Schumacher Nico Rosberg
Qualifying position 10 6
Qualifying time comparison (Q3) 1’32.482 (+1.219) 1’31.263
Race position 8 7
Laps 59/60 59/60
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 58 59 60
Michael Schumacher 107.153 100.914 99.375 99.503 99.664 99.125 99.976 98.953 99.468 99.665 99.301 99.733 99.661 99.602 102.283 115.609 99.584 97.581 97.919 97.758 98.344 100.03 113.259 99.088 97.909 98.126 98.144 98.252 97.879 98.098 98.63 98.016 97.781 98.016 98.4 98.63 100.786 114.152 96.913 98.005 97.124 96.45 96.21 96.404 98.01 96.401 95.647 96.161 95.628 95.699 95.652 96.724 96.26 96.352 96.5 99.016 114.552 98.224 97.688
Nico Rosberg 104.863 100.235 99.472 99.178 99.565 99.068 99.338 98.754 99.296 99.754 100.16 100.91 99.57 101.926 116.39 99.65 98.437 98.193 98.292 98.496 98.291 100.855 97.947 97.829 98.036 98.328 98.082 97.65 97.669 97.973 97.822 97.563 97.701 98.498 99.651 100.647 115.844 98.112 98.459 96.586 96.727 96.355 96.185 96.881 96.576 96.73 97.127 96.612 96.68 96.397 96.181 96.236 99.203 115.234 96.644 96.571 96.643 98.691 99.29

Michael Schumacher

Schumacher had trouble keeping the car on the track in practice, waving to the crowd during one off-track excursion at the Dunlop hairpin.

Although he made it into Q3 he was routed by Rosberg, who lapped 1.2 seconds faster and out-qualified him for the ninth time out of ten.

He bounced back in the race, gaining a place from Jenson Button at the start, then passing Vitaly Petrov as lap two began.

On lap 22 he took advantage of Rosberg being held up behind Petrov to launch an attack on his team mate at the chicane.

But on the next lap he spun at the RTL Kurve, falling back behind Petrov and Jaime Alguersuari. Fortunately for him, they both pitted at the end of the lap.

Having fallen 16 seconds behind Rosberg he gained on his team mate by six seconds over the rest of the race, crossing the line behind him in eighth place.

Michael Schumacher 2011 form guide

Felipe Massa, Nico Rosberg, Nurburgring, 2011
Felipe Massa, Nico Rosberg, Nurburgring, 2011

Nico Rosberg

Rosberg moved up to fifth at the start and spent the opening portion of the race defending his place from Felipe Massa.

Massa eventually demoted him on lap 12, and Rosberg made his first pit stop two laps later.

After picking his way past Petrov and fending off an attack from his team mate, Rosberg made his second stop and came out behind Kamui Kobayashi. After a couple of laps probing the Sauber’s defences, he got by on the inside of turn one.

But the battle cost him some time which proved costly in his battle with Adrian Sutil.

Running a three-stop strategy, Rosberg’s pace in his final soft-tyre stint wasn’t enough to get him out of the pits in front of the two-stopping Force India, dropping him to seventh.

Nico Rosberg 2011 form guide

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