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Schumacher makes top ten shoot-out by hundredths

Michael Schumacher made it through to the top ten shoot-out in China by three-hundredths of a second.
Michael Schumacher escaped the ignominy of being dumped out of Chinese Grand Prix qualifying by a mere three-hundredths of a second as the final minute of phase two saw the lower top ten positions change and change again.

With all bar the top four drivers opting to venture out and protect their positions, Schumacher dropped down the order to be sitting 'on the bubble' as the chequered flag waved. However, with former Ferrari team-mate Rubens Barrichello having completed his lap, there was no-one poised to topple the seven-time world champion from his position in the top ten shoot-out.

Barrichello appeared poised to join the German after clawing his way into tenth spot, but Adrian Sutil, having been demoted by the Brazilian, returned the favour by vaulting into ninth, leaving Schumacher perilously placed.

It was Barrichello who came closest to making the top ten, however, the Williams driver joining team-mate Nico Hulkenberg, Toro Rosso duo Jaime Alguersuari and Sebastien Buemi, Renault's Vitaly Petrov and the two Saubers of Kamui Kobayashi and Pedro de la Rosa on the sidelines.

Lewis Hamilton again topped the times, this time from Mark Webber and Nico Rosberg, with Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel filling out the top five. Felipe Massa, Jenson Button and Robert Kubica complete the shoot-out participants, although both McLarens continue to report false neutrals that the team hopes will remain confined to the slow speed in and out laps, rather than the crucial fliers.



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over2u

April 17, 2010 8:47 AM

The gap between MS and Rosberg is not a car issue but an age issue - at 41 he is not likely to take risks an 20 odd year old is taking with nothing to lose and may be his first GP win. Come the European rounds and may be MB will produce an pole winning car, but MS will still be four cars behind his team mate!



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