Could go either way, I suppose. However I think that the specifics can't be too obscure to the rest of the teams, they've been there, done that. Not really top secret stuff.
Schumacher was nevertheless dead slow in the beginning of the race, from what I remember looking at live timing he was about 3 seconds slower per lap than the leaders of the race for a good part of the first stint - I think he was doing medium-high 1.47s while the leaders were doing medium-low 1.44s (sorry but can't find any site with graphical post-race analysis right now).
MS from 2nd lap: 1.52.6; 48.8; 48.6; 47.3; 47.4; 47.9; 46.6; 46.2; 47.8; 45.3; 44.9
KR started with .52, from the 3rd lap on he was 2 sec faster than MS and NR
NR was about on MS's speed, but only because he was in heavy traffic low midfield, you can see his flashes of speed in 1-2 laps when he had some free air.
Lh, SV were 2.5-3 sec faster. from the the 3rd lap on. After the 2nd stops, as K has pointed out, NR was slightly faster, but again, I don't remember which of them was in traffic. I fail to see the worth of what they had learned from this, really, but they are the engineers, there has to be some reason data to justify it, because from an onlookers view, it really looked pathetic. I really hope next season will be somewhat better, because this one was the most miserable for me from the 20-odd seasons I have followed quite closely.
Edited by Szoelloe, 19 November 2012 - 20:44.