This race saw the retirement of Nick Hiedfeld after trying to over take Buemi, was squeezed to the grass and launching over one of the distance markers before Schumacher's corner. Other retirements were Jenson Button with a hydraulic failure, Barrichello because of an oil leak, and Liuzzi with electrical problems.
After the race the Mercedes GP team had this to say:
Nico Rosberg 7th place:
I had a good start to the race today and made up one position on the first lap to be running in fifth place. However I didnít have a perfect set-up today and the car wasnít working quite as well as in qualifying. Ihad some good battles with Massa but despite pushing hard, it was impossible to keep him behind me. Seventh place is ok but we know that we have some work to do to maximise our latest upgrades in the race. I have a great team behind me, both the engineers and the boys in the garage, so I am confident that we will do this and we will see what happens next week in Hungary.
We had lots of action for both the spectators and the drivers today. Hopefully everyone in the grandstands was entertained and it made up forthe cold temperatures a little. My spin caught me by complete surprise,but that spot is known to be tricky in wet conditions, even if the conditions were not so wet today. Anyway, it obviously cost me some positions which was a shame. Towards the end, rain could have helped butthe chances were low so I did not count on it. All in all, I am ok withthe race. With the little improvements we have made, we can look
forward to Hungary now.
forward to Hungary now.
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 ourChampionship position.
At least we scored points today with seventh and eighth positions for Nico and Michael. 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
|Pos||Country||Driver||Car||Team||Grid||Fastest Lap||Race Time||Points|
|1||great britain||Lewis Hamilton||3||McLaren-Mercedes||2||1:34.302||1:37:30.334||25|
|3||australia||Mark Webber||2||Red Bull-Renault||1||1:34.468||+00:09.788||15|
|4||germany||Sebastian Vettel||1||Red Bull-Renault||3||1:34.587||+00:47.921||12|
|6||germany||Adrian Sutil||14||Force India-Mercedes||8||1:36.653||+01:26.208||8|
|7||germany||Nico Rosberg||8||Mercedes GP||6||1:36.181||lapped||6|
|8||germany||Michael Schumacher||7||Mercedes GP||10||1:35.628||lapped||4|
|10||russian federation||Vitaly Petrov||10||Renault||9||1:36.186||lapped||1|
|12||spain||Jaime Alguersuari||19||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||16||1:37.415||lapped|
|13||great britain||Paul Di Resta||15||Force India-Mercedes||12||1:36.715||lapped|
|15||switzerland||Sebastien Buemi||18||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||24||1:37.863||lapped|
|21||italy||Vitantonio Liuzzi||23||Hispania-Cosworth||23||1:40.683||retired, 37 laps|
|22||great britain||Jenson Button||4||McLaren-Mercedes||7||1:36.258||retired, 35 laps|
|23||brazil||Rubens Barrichello||11||Williams-Cosworth||14||1:39.679||retired, 16 laps|
|24||germany||Nick Heidfeld||9||Renault||11||1:39.452||crash, 9 laps|