I would have said they had an almost identical weekend, Rosberg qualified better but had a poor start, Schumacher qualified worse but had a better start, they then drove the whole race nose to tail. Neither really stood out.
I can see why you might think that way but the reality is- Shumacher improved 4 spots from his qualifying position and he finished ahead of Rosberg. Rosberg started and finished 7th. Also- with DRS, there IS an advantage available to the follower that isn't always available to the leader. Quite often, Schumacher did not have DRS available while Nico did- and he still beat him. For those reasons, I would say Shumacher performed marginally better- which admittedly hasn't happened often.
I agree neither stood out. I think the cars finished about where they deserved. With Massa retiring, it's tough to say if Merc truelly had Ferrari's measure or if Alonso drove above the cars potential. Heidfeld/ Petrov was also a tough one to gauge. I think tire strategy really played a role in giving heidfeld the edge.... which is why I wish schumi tried the same from tenth. He might have been in a better position to bring a fight to Alonso at the end. Of course the flip side is he could just as easily have been retired fighting amongst the weeds. Either way- the only way the W02 is getting a race win is through luck more than merit. I don't believe Alonso, Hamilton or Vettel could turn this car into a consistent winner.
Edited by jav, 23 May 2011 - 19:06.