Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Korea, 2011

Mercedes: Unlucky weekend for Schumacher

2011 Korean GP team reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Michael Schumacher missed the top ten in qualifying and was taken out of the race by Vitaly Petrov.

Michael Schumacher Nico Rosberg
Qualifying position 12 7
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’38.354 (+0.462) 1’37.892
Race position 8
Laps 15/55 55/55
Pit stops 1 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 53 54 55
Michael Schumacher 114.781 108.094 107.48 106.754 106.011 106.429 106.301 105.851 105.874 105.715 105.541 105.738 105.327 109.468 121.616
Nico Rosberg 112.471 107.548 106.474 105.975 105.756 105.946 105.696 105.5 105.545 105.278 105.297 105.456 110.105 121.772 105.973 108.471 135.675 128.121 166.508 153.558 104.62 104.025 103.796 104.096 103.933 104.182 110.487 120.109 103.408 103.562 103.744 102.888 102.696 102.948 103.475 104.097 102.853 103.157 102.271 102.287 102.186 102.193 102.612 102.322 102.235 101.956 102.07 101.906 101.77 102.093 101.903 101.822 102.027 103.024 106.169

Michael Schumacher

Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Korea, 2011
Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Korea, 2011
Start tyre Super soft
Pit stop 1 Soft 20.238s

Schumacher’s weekend started badly as he missed out on a place in Q3. Ross Brawn explained: “As he went out on the options in Q2, he complained of a vibration.

“We debated whether to change tyres, but decided to stay out and try for the lap time. In the end, the pace did not reflect what the car was capable of, and there wasn’t enough time to complete another run.”

He moved up to tenth on the first lap and then passed Paul di Resta for ninth on lap five.

Schumacher made his first pit stop on lap 14, gaining another place at the expense of Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari.

But on lap 16 he was hit from behind by Vitaly Petrov at turn three and had to retire.

Michael Schumacher 2011 form guide

Nico Rosberg

Start tyre Super soft
Pit stop 1 Soft 20.091s
Pit stop 2 Soft 20.772s

Rosberg took up his customary ‘best of the rest’ place in qualifying, taking seventh on the grid for the seventh time this year.

He held the place at the start before Mercedes worked their usual magic and brought him out of his first pit stop in front of Jenson Button – who pitted at the same time – and also got him in front of both Ferrari drivers.

His advantage over Button was short-lived. He braked too late as they returned to the track, running wide and letting Button through. Although he was able to re-claimed the position in the DRS zone, it only lasted a lap before Button passed him again.

He held the upper hand over the two Ferraris for several laps after the safety car before Felipe Massa finally got him on the inside of turn three. Fernando Alonso followed his team mate past.

Rosberg had locked his tyres up badly as Massa came past him and had to come in for fresh tyres at the end of the lap. That left him with a 28-lap final stint on soft tyres, the longest of any driver.

His lap times held up well even as he came under pressure from Jaime Alguersuari, who was within two seconds of the Mercedes over the final 16 laps.

Alguersuari took until the final lap to pass Rosberg in the DRS zone, relegating the Mercedes driver to eighth.

“I didn’t have enough grip by the end and so I just wasn’t able to defend the position against Jaime,” he said. “A difficult race for me today but I’m still happy to score some points.”

Nico Rosberg 2011 form guide

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