Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Singapore, 2011

Mercedes: Schumacher shows pace before crash

2011 Singapore GP team reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Michael Schumacher showed strong pace before colliding with Sergio Perez.

Michael Schumacher Nico Rosberg
Qualifying position 8 7
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’46.043 (-0.362) 1’46.405
Race position 7
Laps 28/61 60/61
Pit stops 2 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 61
Michael Schumacher 124.277 117.686 116.748 117.688 117.48 116.754 116.735 117.047 118.316 126.645 138.962 116.39 119.687 117.667 115.197 114.518 114.78 114.832 115.281 115.409 115.744 115.889 117.083 124.926 133.383 113.096 114.08 114.496
Nico Rosberg 123.534 117.292 116.182 117.387 117.764 116.537 116.547 117.251 124.906 136.475 116.522 116.926 117.457 115.591 115.588 115.629 115.823 116.342 116.826 116.814 116.699 123.772 134.084 114.649 114.518 115.082 115.509 118.17 134.848 161.708 123.226 120.17 146.17 118.644 119.174 115.889 114.934 115.356 115.173 114.904 114.71 114.383 114.643 114.714 115.307 115.63 114.953 115.294 115.366 115.536 116.053 117.98 116.416 116.588 117.504 116.915 117.728 118.042 119.091 120.658

Michael Schumacher

Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Singapore, 2011
Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Singapore, 2011
Start tyre Super soft
Pit stop 1 Super soft 29.61s
Pit stop 2 Super soft 29.473s

Schumacher elected not to run a lap in Q3 to save tyres for the race, and still lined up eighth in front of the two Force Indias who also did not set times.

He made an opportunistic move on Lewis Hamilton at the start to move up to seventh, but lost the place back once more on lap four.

After that he ran behind Rosberg and made his first pit stop one lap after his team mate. In the second stint, while Rosberg had no traffic in front of him and both were running on a used set of super softs, Schumacher was over a second per lap faster than his team mate.

On the 29th tour he tried to follow Rosberg past Sergio Perez but found the Sauber driver defending the inside line at turn eight.

Schumacher moved to squeeze down the inside but hit the Sauber as Perez started to brake. The Mercedes started to launch but fortunately came back down before he hit the barrier.

Schumacher called the collision a “misunderstanding”:

“He was about to go inside and lifted, and I was not expecting him to do that so early, and therefore hit him. It’s probably one of those race incidents which look more impressive from outside than from inside, as I am totally OK and my impact in the end was not too heavy.”

The stewards reprimanded him for the collision.

Michael Schumacher 2011 form guide

Nico Rosberg

Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Singapore, 2011
Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Singapore, 2011
Start tyre Super soft
Pit stop 1 Super soft 29.549s
Pit stop 2 Super soft 29.417s
Pit stop 3 Soft 30.261s

Was only two tenths of a second off Felipe Massa’s time in qualifying, and took seventh on the grid.

He went into the first corner on the outside of Massa and Mark Webber and took to the run-off area. He rejoined the track in front of Massa.

Massa passed him in the braking zone for Memorial corner, and during the first lap Rosberg was told: “Everything is OK with cutting the corner.”

Hamilton appeared behind him on lap five and was quickly through, demoting the Mercedes to seventh.

Schumacher closed on him during the second stint and when they changed tyres again Schumacher again closed on his team mate who was now behind Adrian Sutil and Perez.

Rosberg overtook Perez but then made a mistake at the last corner, losing the place again. In an instant he was back down the inside of Perez at turn one and this time it was the Sauber driver who had to take to the run-off.

The safety car period solved his Sutil problem as Rosberg got out of the pits before the Force India driver.

That effectively settled his finishing position, although he was passed twice by the recovering Lewis Hamilton over the final laps.

Rosberg ran the second half of the race on soft tyres but wasn’t able to do anything about Paul di Resta ahead of him.

“I was struggling with the rear end in the race, and our car just really didn’t suit this demanding track,” said Rosberg.

“I had more problems with tyre degradation than the cars around me, which combined with having to switch our strategy when the safety car came out, meant it was impossible to make any progress.”

Nico Rosberg 2011 form guide

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