Michael Schumacher put in a reasonably strong performance today in the F1 2010 Japanese Grand Prix.
The German, who qualified tenth, was squabbling with his Mercedes team-mate, Nico Rosberg
for sixth for a large part of the race. However while he looked slightly quicker, he was unable to get by, until his fellow countryman had a mechanical failure near the end and crashed out.
That promoted Schumacher up into P6 and he eventually came home to claim eight championship points. It was his tenth points' result of the season and increases his tally to 54.
"I am quite happy with the race today and the car felt really good. The opportunity to make up places was just what I hoped for and sixth place was the maximum that we could have achieved,” Schumacher said.
“It was good racing and it must have been very entertaining for the crowd. It was fun to be racing Nico so it is a shame what happened to him.
“We are now heading to South Korea and although I don't really know what to expect, if our car is as good as it was here, then I hope for another encouraging race."
Nico Rosberg meanwhile was annoyed to have to retire, especially as he was just six laps from the end. It was only his third DNF of the season.
"It was a disappointing end to the weekend today,” Rosberg added. “Due to a clutch problem, my start was poor but our strategy was good to change tyres under the safety car on the first lap which enabled me to recover the places and be racing in sixth position.
“My tyres were suffering from having done such a long stint so it was tough to maintain a good pace but it was enough to keep Michael behind.
“Then something broke on the rear of the car and put me into the tyre barrier which ended my race."