Schumacher bounces back

By on Sunday, October 30, 2011

Michael Schumacher. Photo credit: Mercedes GP

After a poor qualifying performance left Michael Schumacher puzzling over a gap of eight tenths of a second to team-mate Nico Rosberg on Saturday, the veteran racer bounced back with a superb drive to fifth place in the Indian GP.

After limping to 12th on Saturday, while Rosberg claimed seventh, Schumacher insisted he needed to “get on top” of the gap and 24 hours later he was a good as his word, battling through to claim 10 points and beating his team-mate out to sixth into the bargain.

“I am obviously happy about the race today,” said Schumacher. “We achieved the maximum that we could hope for, and as a team we maximised our potential. Fifth and sixth places are a great result for us. On top of that, my car was very nicely sorted for the race and very stable. “At the start, everything worked out according to my strategy as I deliberately didn’t want to use KERS in the first two corners and save it for the long straight where I knew that I could make up some positions. In the second stint, I managed to maintain my tyres so I could stay out longer and that was enough for fifth place. “What’s really important at the moment is that we keep pushing and trying to improve, and that is what we achieved today.”

Rosberg, meanwhile, claimed that time lost in his second stop had allowed Schumacher to gain an advantage. “My strategy was not perfect today and I lost some time in the second pit stop which meant that I wasn't able stay ahead of Michael,” he said. “I had good pace at the end of the race and pushed very hard but it was impossible to catch him over the last laps. I’m confident that we can repeat this good result in the last two races.”

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