Michael Schumacher missed the top ten in qualifying and was taken out of the race by Vitaly Petrov.
|Michael Schumacher||Nico Rosberg|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q2)||1’38.354 (+0.462)||1’37.892|
Mercedes drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):
|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.
|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.”
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