Penalty was a joke, Mansell's explanation doesn't sit well either. If Schumacher had bumped the Sauber off and continued without damage he should have received an penalty... but he lost his front wing and had to do a lap without it and non-racing speeds... that should have been his penalty. He made an mistake, he paid for it with a lost front wing and the resulting pit stop.
Agreed, and Couthard and Brundle considered the penality harsh as well. With DRS and damp track, even in the races Schumacher and others have won in the past, including Alonso and other podium winners today, you don't have a wet race without having a moment in some corners, after Brundle said he didn't expect Schumacher to get a penality, I did start to wonder that at times this year, the FIA have just dropped the ball, it's just too costly to hand out a penality, especially if you've damaged your own wing, then you get comprimised on strategy, it's almost like 2-3 penalities in one.
But considering this is mercedes going for points and not wins, Rosberg has been showing weaker race performances compared to his qualifying, he will accept points, but Schumacher will take the risks in going for more positions, if Schumacher wanted to just stay ahead of Rosberg today, he could have, he's risking his own standings compared to Rosberg to go for higher rewards, like Canada this year, it could of been a 4th-5th place for MS rather then a 6th place by just doing enought o keep Rosberg behind, he's not willing to be content with just beating Nico, he's going for more, and that's where Nico's race shows up, I didn't get the impression at any point Nico had that bit extra.
Couthard and Brundle spot on today and Eddie Jordan a idiot. Schumacher strong recovery race, Nico way too quiet and conservative, yes Schumi did ruin himself, but he was also racing with the mindset of going for the ultimate race result par car performance, and I really think Michael had a 4th/5th place in him, definately 6th place ahead of Nico if he wanted a solid result and settle for it like Nico, but Michael was going for that extra 1-2 positions, and that's the difference between Nico and Michael in the race, it shows more promise if Mercedes get a better car later, Rosberg apart from that slow corners track Valancia, has had low key race performances compared to his qualifying sine Spain, while Michael let him off the hook at Turkey and Silverstone, Michael is fast, but Michael is not letting qualifying comprimise his race performance, maybe Nico is just qualifying higher to look better on Saturday like Trulli used to do, or maybe it's all he can do for the moment, it sometimes pay offs if Michael ends up tangeling with someone, and he's had a few of those, Nico collects, but like Hamilton, alot of what Schumacher has done this year, including Canada/Spain/and alot of Silverstone has been due to a strong race mindset from the start to finish,which is what you need if Mercedes is going to go up against Alonso/Vettel/Hamilton and from memory, Schumacher has actually raced Alonso/Hamilton at times/Canada and some other race where genuine pressure was applied by MS on them, Rosberg hasn't been involved in the gritty aspects of hard racing against the major players, and given the car MS has had, he's been able to do that, very promising indeed if merc gets a stronger car, MS is up for it, while Nico is happy to sit and collect points/not get stuck in, may make him look good points wise for rest of best losers this year, especially if MS gives away some points this year, but it don't look good if your preparing for major battles ahead, and that's MS's long term mindset, Nico is not a winner yet, nor is showing the mindset of a consistent future threat, especially with Schumacher showing improved overall speed since last year.
Edited by SeanValen, 10 July 2011 - 19:42.