F1 »

Mercedes confirms Schumacher chassis change

Michael Schumacher to use a new chassis for the Spanish Grand Prix at Catalunya
Mercedes has confirmed that Michael Schumacher will benefit from a new chassis for the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona next weekend.

The seven-time F1 title winner has endured a difficult start to the season having elected to come out of retirement and has managed to pick up just ten points from the first four races of the year.

Schumacher's best result to date is sixth in the season opener in Bahrain while he has yet to qualify higher than seventh. In the same four races, team-mate Nico Rosberg has amassed 60 points thanks to two podium finishes, and hasn't qualified lower than sixth on the grid.

Mercedes are due to bring in a series of improvements on the W01 for the Spanish event, including an improved aerodynamic package and an increased wheel-base in an attempt to improve handling.

As well as those improvements, Schumacher will also receive a new chassis for the first race of the European season which the team hopes will lead to an upturn in fortunes.

"It's not a new chassis per se, it's a chassis we used in testing," team principal Ross Brawn told Reuters. "The one he had got damaged during the first few races and we repaired it as best we could at the races. But now we are back at base we are going to re-introduce the test chassis and he will be using that in Barcelona."

Brawn admitted that Mercedes – and Schumacher - hadn't yet performed as hoped during the 2010 campaign but said that the German shouldn't be written off.

"We've not had a fantastic start but we are still in there because no-one else is really dominating either - there is still plenty of opportunity," he said. "He is so determined, and you can see that in his driving. The bits where it's not quite working are not because of [lack of] skill or bravery, it's because the technique needs tuning, and the car needs tuning. It's odd places where he's losing time and that's why we think he'll sort it out and we'll sort it out.

"He is so determined and you can see that in his driving. The bits where it's not quite working are not because of (lack of) skill or bravery, it's because the technique needs tuning and the car needs tuning. It's odd places where he's losing time and that's why we think he'll sort it out and we'll sort it out."



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Michael Schumacher, Mercedes GP MGP W01
Michael Schumacher, Mercedes GP MGP W01
Michael Schumacher, Mercedes GP MGP W01
French Grand Prix at Paul Ricard
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Pirelli 2017 tyre test [Credit: Pirelli]
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


J.E.T - Unregistered

April 27, 2010 11:53 AM

The weight distribution change will actually benefit both drivers. So before any clowns come with the story that this is Merc looking out for number 1 perhaps we should take into consideration the Media havent exactly reported every word Nico has said. "We have a big balance problem, Micheal is struggling more with it but its affecting us with tyre wear, especially on longer runs" Nico Rosberg in Australia on Autosport. And WHEN Mercedes win, will the clowns on the previous merc thread eat humble pie? I very much doubt that! :-o



© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.