Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher finished their home race in seventh and eighth positions today as a chilly Nürburgring circuit hosted the German Grand Prix.
Nico completed three stops today, on laps 14, 36, 53, running option/option/option/prime, while Michael completed three stops, on laps 15, 37, 56, running option/option/option/prime. Michael’s spin on lap 23 cost him over 15 seconds before he began his recovery drive to eight place.
MERCEDES GP PETRONAS scored a total of ten points, equally the points haul from the last race at Silverstone.
After the race, Ross reflected on the team’s performance: “Things looked pretty good for us in the early stages of the race, with Nico running strongly in the top six, and he seemed set for a top six finish. However, the pace was not there in the third stint, which cost him a position. As for Michael, we believe that he braked on a damp patch on the way into turn 10, which caused him to spin. After that, he drove a strong recovery to finish less than ten seconds behind Nico. We saw some good racing all through the field today, with our drivers involved in plenty of it, and scored a few more important points for our Championship position.”
“At least we scored points today with seventh and eighth positions for Nico and Michael” said Norbert after the race. “Our race speed was somewhat compromised as both Nico and Michael needed to save fuel for quite a long period of time. At the beginning of the race, our speed looked better relative to the pace of the top three teams than it did from one-third distance onwards.”