Michael Schumacher matched his best result of the year, passing Jenson Button on his way to fourth place in Korea.
But it was a case of what might have been for team mate Nico Rosberg who was taken out of the race shortly after overtaking Lewis Hamilton.
|Michael Schumacher||Nico Rosberg|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q3)||1’36.950 (+0.415)||1’36.535|
Reprimanded after blocking Rubens Barrichello in qualifying, but avoided a penalty and started ninth.
During the race suspension Mercedes took the opportunity to alter both their cars’ set-ups to make them more suitable for the wet conditions.
Schumacher overtook Robert Kubica on the first racing lap, then began putting Button under pressure. On lap 27 he took fifth place off the McLaren driver at turn three.
He dropped back from Felipe Massa during the final stint and briefly came under pressure from Barrichello before the Williams driver also started to struggle with tyre wear.
Took fifth on the grid, Mercedes’ best qualifying performance since Silverstone, beating Felipe Massa and Jenson Button.
As soon as the race got underway he picked off Hamilton for fourth but his race ended when Mark Webber spun into the wall on lap 19. The Red Bull wreckage skidded back across the track where Rosberg had no chance to avoid it.
Don’t understand why Webber didn’t hit the brakes. Was crazy (evidently) to roll back over the track.
Given that Rosberg had been in front of Hamilton, who later ran in front of eventual winner Fernando Alonso, this was an enormous missed opportunity for Rosberg and Mercedes.
2010 Korean Grand Prix