The two Mercedes drivers had mixed feeling after the British Grand Prix today, although both Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher managed to pick up points at Silverstone in what Ross Brawn described as a ‘solid’ result.
Rosberg ran a two stop strategy and finished sixth. He enjoyed his weekend in Northamptonshire, and is hoping the result is a good indication of things to come in a fortnight’s time at his home race.
“I’m pretty pleased with our result this weekend,” he said. “First of all because in qualifying we had the potential to be in the top five, and secondly we had a really good strategy in the race.
“My start was not good, so being able to eventually finish in sixth place is a nice result for us. And hopefully it’s the start of an upward trend, before our next home race in Germany, so I’m looking forward to confirming our performance at the NÃ¼rburgring.
“In the next few days, we will analyse the whole weekend with our new developments on the car, and will work hard on improving it even further.”
Michael Schumacher had a much more eventful afternoon than his team-mate. After a good start he caused a collision with Kamui Kobayashi and was forced to pit for a new front-wing. He was then given a 10-second stop/go penalty for causing the incident, and had to fight through the field to eventually finish in P9.
“My result today is a bit of a shame, and of course I am not happy about it,” Schumacher said. “I think fifth or even fourth place would not have been out of question today thanks to the superb job the guys back in Brackley and Brixworth have done. I would so much have wished to bring them some decent points this evening when we go back to the factory for a BBQ with their families. But unfortunately, and due to my fault, I cannot.
“Having used DRS for the first time in the race, I was arriving at the corner [where the the accident happened] with over-run. Underestimating the effect, my braking was not good and this is how the collision happened. It was right to get a penalty but why it had to be a stop-go, and not a drive-through penalty, I would like to understand better as I felt it was too hard.
“Anyway, the good thing is that step-by-step, the hard work of our team is paying off more and more, and this is a good feeling heading towards our next home race.”
Team principal Ross Brawn had praise for both of his drivers today, and was encourage by the performance of the MGP W02. “This was a solid result for the team and a decent haul of points: after starting ninth and 13th respectively, Nico and Michael made good progress up the field,” he said.
“They had mixed fortunes at the start – Michael gained four positions, while Nico dropped three places as he lost out in the first few corners. Michael’s race was obviously spoiled by his collision and it carried a double penalty, as he did a slow lap to the pits and then had the stop-go penalty. However, after that he drove very well and climbed back from as low as 17th to score two points.
“Nico’s race was more straightforward, but we set him a real challenge asking him to go the end of the race from lap 30, and he did an extremely solid job to achieve that.
“This was the first race for this car specification, with new exhaust outlets and aerodynamic developments, and we had only an hour of dry running, mainly with one car, before qualifying. With that in mind, we can be encouraged by our performance today.
“One of our previous difficulties had been making the tyres last properly, but both drivers managed to run over 115km on a set of options this afternoon, which suggests we have made some good progress in this area.”