What is it with MS and China,
China 2004, I believe he spun off the track in qualifying because he knew it was going to be tight with Rubens or was it just a mistake, either way I know he wasn't looking forward to the track,
2005-bad year for ferrari, what is worst is driving a bad ferrari at your worst track-he didn't make the startline and crashed the car into a rookie by mistake, but the impression was, he knew the race wasn't going to me much better
2006-hats off, great drive in the rain, and his best ferrari performance in the china race
Michael has only had 2 ferrari's of winning material at 2 gps, he won one of the races in the rain in his last season, very well, one of his best, and the other race was messy in 2004 due to one lap qualifying and getting it wrong, and charging thru field with ill effect
So his strike rate for China with a winning car is 50/50, which is good, but
2004-one lap qualifying, crash out, back of the grid
1005-crashed the car before the race started
2010-a combination of early races after retirement with a damaged chassic on not his favorite track=1 second off the pace=everyone calling for him to quit
the next race after Spain, he was suddenly the old Schumacher/at turkey and Monaco as well,
2011-respectable in all sessions until Q2, race to run
Messy affair his China record, but where there was brilliance in 2006 in the rain, after races like 2005/2010/2011-which so far is just qualifying, there is a fashion trend after China to go after Schumacher, he's raced there 3 times not including the race coming up, and in two occassions he's had a winning car and won one of them, it's not a bad record to have for your worst track to win on it in the rain.
He's had such a good run at other tracks which makes everything else seem the odd one like China, but it's still infact better then alot of other drivers still, even at his worst track,
Schumacher: "I didn't quite get my lap together in Q2 and since then we have found out that my rear wing was not functioning correctly as I was braking into Turn 14."
That explains the slide.
Albert Park+China then, car not working well in qualifying, at least it's at his less favoured tracks, but still bad on mercedes part, this sort of issue effected his results at Japan and Suzula last year with F duct not working.
Edited by SeanValen, 16 April 2011 - 09:13.