Mercedes leave Hockenheim braced for another tough weekend in
Hungary, hoping to gain more speed for when Formula 1 regroups at Spa in
September. Attempting a different strategy in Germany, Michael
Schumacher managed only seventh position.
Schumacher’s race was a strong one, not least as he pulled a pass on
Nico Hülkenberg in front of thousands of Mercedes employees, but the
seven-time World Champion was unable to make any significant impression
after running third in the early stages. Team-mate Nico Rosberg scored
the final point from 21st on the starting grid.
ran the race as well as we could today, in the knowledge that we would
have to make three pit-stops,” explained Team Principal Ross Brawn.
“Some of our rivals on two-stop strategies faded towards the end but the
drop-off was not sufficient for our drivers to be able to take
advantage on fresher tyres.
“Michael and Nico put in consistent performances, pulled off good
overtaking moves and we delivered six clean pit-stops. Our strategy
enabled Nico to climb 11 positions from his starting place, while
Michael finished in seventh place for the second time in two weeks.
“We made the right decisions this afternoon but, after 67 laps, Michael
found himself 29 seconds behind the winner. That shows we need to find
more pace from the car.”
At the halfway point of the 2012 Formula 1 season, the Mercedes factory
squad sits fifth in the Constructors’ Championship and is trailing Red
Bull by 125 points