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Rosberg heads Mercedes challenge

Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher help Mercedes to double points in the German Grand Prix
Nico Rosberg led Mercedes to a double points finish in the German Grand Prix despite admitting his seventh place was little more than 'okay'.

Rosberg had run fifth in the opening laps of the race but was unable to keo the Ferrari of Felipe Massa at bay as he slipped to sixth.

A two-stop strategy from Adrian Sutil then allowed the Force India man to get ahead of Rosberg to take sixth place with the Mercedes man admitting he didn't feel as comfortable in his car as he had done in qualifying.

"I had a good start to the race today and made up one position on the first lap to be running in fifth place,” he said. “However I didn't have a perfect set-up today and the car wasn't working quite as well as in qualifying. I had some good battles with Massa but despite pushing hard, it was impossible to keep him behind me.

“Seventh place is ok but we know that we have some work to do to maximise our latest upgrades in the race. I have a great team behind me, both the engineers and the boys in the garage, so I am confident that we will do this and we will see what happens next week in Hungary."

Team-mate Michael Schumacher meanwhile endured another action-packed race after losing time with a spin at turn ten while fighting for position with Rosberg on the 23rd lap.

Despite losing a position and a whole heap of time as he recovered back onto the circuit, Schumacher was able to finish the race just behind Rosberg in eighth place although he admitted that the spin had caught him by surprise.

"It was a pretty exciting race today with lots of action for both the spectators and the drivers,” he said. “Hopefully everyone in the grandstands was entertained and it made up for the cold temperatures a little.

“My spin caught me by complete surprise, but that spot is known to be tricky in wet conditions, even if the conditions were not so wet today. Anyway, it obviously cost me some positions which was a shame.

“Towards the end, rain could have helped but the chances were low so I did not count on it. All in all, I am ok with the race. With the little improvements we have made, we can look forward to Hungary now."



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MattF1

July 24, 2011 9:31 PM
Last Edited 1958 days ago

Schumi has lost nothing from his impressive racecraft, which is far superior to Rosberg. Rosberg just circulates on raceday, solidly but ultimately uninspiringly and passively... Schumi's passing is superb and always provides a great spectacle and exciting viewing Schumi would have easily had the pace to get 6th today were it not for his unfortunate spin. Rosberg has the advantage is quali, but Schumi's racecraft and race pace is just better than Nico's. It's about time Merc get their updates to work so that Schumi can fight for podiums...

pete - Unregistered

July 24, 2011 7:50 PM

So, Rosberg did his usual tedious race, while schumacher gave us an entertaining and feisty example of racecraft. You do feel that schumacher won't ever shine in quali, his raceday skills are starting to really show through. When he hooks it all up he could well start challenging for fourth and fifth soon - the rest is up to brawn.



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