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Mercedes GP not with the best of luck at Monaco

Schumacher had to retire and Rosberg finished 11th after starting in 6th. Not a good day for the German team.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011

June 1st (F1plus Team).- There’s no doubt that the Monaco Grand Prix of last Sunday will be remembered for the many things that happened, even the comments afterwards.

The whole weekend was an eventful one: Sergio Perez and Vitaly Petrov crashes, Hamilton’s aggressiveness and comments; and of course, that very unusual RED FLAG.

For the Mercedes team the Monaco GP ended in disappointment, since Nico Rosberg finished outside of the points in 11th place and Michael Schumacher retired on lap 33. Rosberg commented on his race: “I was not at my best either, so it didn’t really come together.”

Nico did not have a great weekend overall and the very fast tyre degradation on the first stint that made both cars to pit a bit too early, was indeed costly because they lost track positions. “I thought that I would be able to push but unfortunately the rear tyres went off in the first stint, which really cost me performance.”, he added.

Then the seven times champion, Michael Schumacher had to retire –in a oddly way- on lap 33 due to an airbox fire that overheated the engine. Incredible, the German was still acing and his car simply came to a stop, luckily just few meters away from the pit entrance.

The champion summarized his race: “…the beginning of the race was not satisfying either. At the start, the anti-stall system suddenly kicked in which meant I had to re-do the whole starting procedure. Then I had a rendezvous with Lewis at turn one which left my front wing not working properly, so I lost downforce which also handicapped my tyres. That meant we had to stop much earlier than we had planned and, from then onwards, the race was obviously compromised.”

Mercedes Management adds their impressions about the race:

Ross Brawn

“We felt confident after qualifying and practice that both drivers would have some good opportunities today but clearly it turned out to be a very disappointing race. The difficulties that we experienced on the first set of tyres, with the super softs falling away from us and graining so early, really dictated our race. We need to look into it as this was surprising after the good pace we had during the practice sessions. We had a few technical problems with the cars in the race but the core issue was the inability to make the first set of tyres last more than ten or twelve laps.”

Norbert Haug

“These were not the results we wanted here in Monaco. Nico's accident on Saturday morning, from which he thankfully escaped unhurt, was certainly a handicap for us, but our guys did a fantastic job to build the car up in record time ready for qualifying.

Michael started fifth but did not make a good getaway and the reason for this will be investigated. As a follow-up, his front wing was damaged in contact with another car at the first corner and this badly handicapped his performance in the first stint. After his pit stop, with a new nose and another set of option tyres, his lap times looked better, but an airbox fire stopped his race when he was about to pit during the first safety car period. In addition to a car that was not handling well, Nico suffered some KERS problems during the race and finished outside the points. Despite the lack of results, I would like to thank everybody in the team."

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