Michael Schumacher showed strong pace before colliding with Sergio Perez.
|Michael Schumacher||Nico Rosberg|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q2)||1’46.043 (-0.362)||1’46.405|
Mercedes drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):
|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.
|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.”
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