Nico Rosberg lost sixth to Adrian Sutil running a two-stop strategy.
|Michael Schumacher||Nico Rosberg|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q2)||1’13.571 (+1.002)||1’12.569|
Mercedes drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):
|Pit stop 1||Soft 25.481s|
|Pit stop 2||Soft 20.782s|
|Pit stop 3||Medium 21.373s|
Schumacher had a poor qualifying session, having to do extra runs on soft tyres in Q1 and Q2 leaving him with none left for a run in Q3. He was over a second off Rosberg in Q2.
Unusually he lost a place at the start but was quickly back past Paul di Resta into tenth.
His attempt to pass Bruno Senna didn’t go as well, the pair making contact, leaving Schumacher with a puncture:
“After the collision, all I could do was try to fight as much as possible, and hope for rain which did not come. In the first stint after the incident, my car was not well-balanced with a lot of oversteer.
“Unfortunately we could not change this at the pit stop which handicapped the balance in the second stint, whereas in the last stint the balance was good.”
Schumacher ended the second season of his comeback with 15th place.
|Pit stop 1||Soft 20.773s|
|Pit stop 2||Medium 20.658s|
Rosberg set a blinding in time in Q2 to go second. Although he fell almost half a second short of it in Q3, it only cost him one place on the grid.
“I was maybe a little too slow on my out lap in Q3 so my tyres didn’t work perfectly on my fast lap, and that’s why I wasn’t as quick as in Q2,” he said, lining up sixth ahead of Massa.
Despite high tyre degradation, Mercedes persisted with a two-stop strategy for Rosberg which left him vulnerable to Adrian Sutil.
He defended his place from the Force India with an excellent piece of late braking at turn one on lap 49.
It was only a matter of time until he lost the place, however, and he duly succumbed on the next tour, falling to seventh.
“I expected to finish higher,” he admitted. “I didn’t get a good start, and I had problems with my tyres overheating as the track temperatures were very high. So I had to manage my tyres very carefully during the whole race which impacted on the pace.”
2011 Brazilian Grand Prix
- Sutil voted Driver of the Weekend for Brazil
- Vettel “definitely affected” by gearbox problem – Webber
- 2011 Brazilian Grand Prix: complete race weekend review
- Vote for Brazilian GP driver of the weekend
- Red Bull: Gearbox glitch hands win to Webber
- McLaren: Button wanted to pass Alonso without using DRS
- Massa makes 100 Ferrari starts but no podium
- Ferrari: Alonso slips back on medium tyres
- Mercedes: Two-stop strategy leaves Rosberg vulnerable
- Force India: Sutil equals best result of the year
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