Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg of Mercedes GP Petronas pick up 18 points at 2011 Indian grand Prix
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Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg of Mercedes GP Petronas pick up 18 points at 2011 Indian grand Prix

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While Sebastian Vettel created history at Buddh International Circuit on Sunday closely followed by McLaren’s Jenson Button and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, both Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg did secure a great finish. The Mercedes GP Petronas team drivers came in 5th and 6th respectively.

Schumacher, after the race thanked the organizers of the first ever Indian Grand Prix. He said that his car was stable and the Buddh International Circuit track excellent. He managed to maintain his tyres so he could stay out longer which was essential for a 5th place win.

Rosberg too expressed a similar sentiment. He was happy with the results and owed a lot to his team in the garage who worked efficiently to ensure best results. However, his strategy was not perfect as he lost time in the second pit stop leading to him falling a place behind Schumacher. Though he put in every effort, it was impossible to overtake Schumacher and Rosberg had to be content with 6th position.

Michael Schumacher of Mercedes GP Petronas had this to say. “I am obviously happy about the race today. We achieved the maximum that we could hope for, and as a team we maximised our potential. Fifth and sixth places are a great result for us. On top of that, my car was very nicely sorted for the race and very stable. At the start, everything worked out according to my strategy as I deliberately didn’t want to use KERS in the first two corners and save it for the long straight where I knew that I could make up some positions. In the second stint, I managed to maintain my tyres so I could stay out longer and that was enough for fifth place. What’s really important at the moment is that we keep pushing and trying to improve, and that is what we achieved today. To the organisers of the first Indian Grand Prix, I would like to send a big compliment; I’m sure that I am not the only one to say that this was a very positive debut.”

Nico Rosberg of Mercedes GP Petronas team had this to say. “We can be happy with a good team result and that’s what the boys in the garage deserved. I’m also pleased to have gained one place on my grid position. However my strategy was not perfect today and I lost some time in the second pit stop which meant that I wasn’t able stay ahead of Michael. I had good pace at the end of the race and pushed very hard but it was impossible to catch him over the last laps. I’m confident that we can repeat this good result in the last two races. All in all, it has been a good Indian Grand Prix debut for us and I hope all the fans enjoyed the race. I’m looking forward to coming back next year.”

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