Formula One ™ – Race Review, Sao Paulo
November 28, 2011
At the end of another fascinating Formula One™ season, we saw Nico Rosberg finish the Brazilian Grand Prix in P7, while team mate Michael Schumacher ended in the 71-lap race in P15, after an early brush left him with a punctured left-rear tyre.
For Rosberg, who struggled with oversteer and tyre degradation due to very high track temperatures, seventh wasn’t the season finale he’d hoped for. After the race he concluded: “Now I’m looking ahead and I hope we can do better in 2012. I look forward to an exciting time in the winter as we work hard to develop a better car for next year.”
Schumacher meanwhile described the incident with Bruno Senna on lap 10 as unfortunate. However he finished on a positive note saying: “We very much look forward to next season now. With all the effort that is being put into the development of the car, I am confident we can make another step forward to where Mercedes belongs; fighting at the top.”
Despite Schumacher’s unplanned pit stop, Team Principal Ross Brawn pointed out that his subsequent lap times were competitive, thanks to his ability to demonstrate the car’s innate pace. He rounded off the season saying: “There are accomplishments we can be proud of this season, such as our consistently strong pit stops, and we know that we need to put everything together next year.”
With a total of 731 points, Mercedes-Benz is the highest scoring engine manufacturer of the 2011 season. Attention now turns to the 2012 Formula One™ season, kicking off with the Australian Grand Prix in March.
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