Nico Rosberg was another driver left ruing a late switch to intermediates in Hungary.
|Michael Schumacher||Nico Rosberg|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q3)||1’21.907 (+0.809)||1’21.098|
Mercedes drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):
Schumacher lost time in the first two sectors after switching to the super-soft tyres on Saturday, ending up behind Rosberg for the tenth time in 11 races.
He made his customary strong start, passing Mark Webber, Adrian Sutil and both Ferraris. But Fernando took him at the final corner at the end of the first lap.
Felipe Massa and Webber then relegated him to seventh. Schumacher stayed out long on intermediate tyres, briefly heading the field but never actually leading a lap as he came into the pits on lap 13.
He came out in front of Massa, who he kept behind throughout his second stint. At his next stop he switched to soft tyres and Massa appeared on the outside of him at turn two. As Massa turned in, Schumacher spun.
According to Schumacher, this was not connected to his retirement due to gearbox failure: “As far as we know, this had nothing to do with the spin I had when fighting with Felipe which was mainly caused by avoiding contact.”
Seventh on the grid behind the Red Bulls, McLarens and Ferraris was as much as the car had in it.
Rosberg battled with the Ferraris in the opening stint, being passed by Fernando Alonso, gaining the place back as Alonso spun, then falling behind him again.
Like Schumacher, Rosberg ran a stint on super-softs before switching to the softs. Mercedes had seen high wear on the super-softs in practice.
He was due for a pit stop around the time the rain arrived and gambled on a switch to intermediates. He’d already lost sixth place to Massa, and this call cost him two further positions.
After switching back to slicks he passed Kamui Kobayashi and Jaime Alguerauri to recover ninth.
2011 Hungarian Grand Prix
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