to be fair, Rosberg continually works with the same "one stint" methodology and consistently does a better job. Also- with tire allocations, running 2 stints in Q3 "might" give you a better starting position but it will definitely make your first race stint harder if all the other front runners have more rubber left than you do. Brawn (and I think most on the grid) has said that this season, qualifying position is less important than tire/race strategy.
I get the impression that Schumi is driving with nothing in reserve in Q1 & Q2 while other drivers are only going full out in Q3. When he gets to Q3, becuase (he was all out before) he tries to find even more speed and it isn't there. This is why his times don't improve (and in fact have often gotten worse) in later qualifying sessions. You can say it's the car/team/strategy, as I once did, but when you have the same driver, in the same car, on newer tires, on a faster track, with less fuel- going slower... then car troubles and driver performance are the only explanations. Even he is not saying it's the car. Needing less pressure by having a second chance when your team mate doesn't need that "second chance" suggest he is unable to cope with the pressure. As much as I hate to admit it, he's not getting the job done.
From late runners Michael time was second behind Nico, Heidfeld and Massa finish Q3 behind him. So, it was not only problem for him. I think late(only one) stint is usually big danger, as it proved before. Other guys who made early stints didn't improve much on the second stint, but they already have one good time. Only Petrov improve, with something like 0,1 sec. I know it work well for Nico, but it is not working for Michael so he need to contra measure. What is the point to be stubborn with that. We see that Michael have reserve by his FP3 time. If he show better time in Q1 and Q2 , and it was his best(but still not good enough) time I would agree that this is his best. But, he usually can't reach his best from FP's. For me it is not matter how you do the job done. It is not matter when in Q3 you record your best time. He need to change something. He have to stop following Nico Qualy strategy, he need his own strategy.
Also for the race he was with 3 stop strategy according to MGP website. Accident with Petrov was very unfortunate. He let him pass ,but he didn't understand that Petrov will not take the corner. http://www3.mercedes...-settles-turkey
As soon as Michael’s front wing made contact with the right-rear wheel of Petrov’s car on lap two while battling for position at Turn 12, he faced an uphill battle.
Essentially, Michael ran a three-stop race to which that unplanned early pit stop was added. He used only four sets of tyres in the race: the set of options on which he started and completed the first two laps, was re-used for his final 13-lap stint to the chequered flag.
Indeed, the total time that Michael spent in the pits for that first stop to replace the damaged wing was 30.182s. At the end of the race, in 12th position, he was just 25 seconds behind Jenson Button, who had also run a three-stop strategy.
He may have been involved in plenty of on-track battles on Sunday, but Michael’s pace in clean air was extremely strong – even though, stopping out of phase with the cars around him, he had even more on-track scraps than during a normal race: when his tyres were old, the cars around him were running new, and vice versa.
But everything suggests that, without that early unscheduled stop, Michael would have been battling with Button and Heidfeld all afternoon, at the very least, for sixth place… "
Edited by ivand911, 10 May 2011 - 16:24.