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The Mercedes team having promised so much this weekend left Canada crestfallen as Nico Rosberg was the sole Mercedes driver in the points. Rosberg steered his Mercedes to 6th place in a race in which he rarely troubled the front running cars. Michael Schumacher registered yet another DNF with a broken DRS wing plate the culprit on lap 43, leaving the legendary driver languishing in 17th place in the drivers' championship.
The German team had a disappointing Qualifying session as Nico Rosberg was the leading Mercedes in 5th place on the grid. The weekend promised lots for the Mercedes team with their super DRS giving them an edge over the rest of the chasing pack. Rosberg though had encountered wretched luck in FP3 with a fuel connector problem and despite that managed to get onto the 3rd row on the grid. Michael Schumacher after a stellar Qualifying lap in Monaco could not repeat the feat here as his team advised him against running a second lap on his new set of super-soft tyres in Q3. The veteran German had to be content with 9th place on the starting grid.
The start of the race was a disastrous one for the Mercedes team as Rosberg was beaten to 5th place by both Felipe Massa and Paul Di Resta on the back straight in moves of a similar nature. Schumacher's race was equally catastrophic as the 7-time champion could not make up positions after the start of the race. The veteran German was down in 12th place after the first round of pit stops. Rosberg meanwhile was stuck behind both Kimi Raikkonen and Sergio Perez as the drivers were potentially on a one stop strategy. The Mercedes of Rosberg could not get clear air to keep the hammer down for any length of time.
Rosberg was closing in fast on the Red Bull of Webber like a man on fire as he set a string of fast laps, to be within 0.5 seconds of Webber. Rosberg went in for his second pit stop and returned in 9th place on the soft tyres. Rosberg was leapfrogged by Raikkonen after the Finn's first pit stop. The German was not to be beaten as he overtook Raikkonen on the track to go back into 7th place. Schumacher's miserable race fortunes continued meanwhile as he registered yet another DNF with a jammed DRS rear wing.
Rosberg finished in 6th place right behind the tail of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso to bring the team some much needed points. The result leaves Rosberg in 5th place in the drivers' standings with 67 points.
Ross Brawn: "We had a very quick car today, as Nico's performance in particular showed, but a combination of failing to achieve our potential in qualifying and a messy race cost us positions at the flag. We asked both drivers to be cautious with the super soft tyres in the first five laps to ensure we didn't push them too hard, but when we gave them the go-ahead, it was clear that Nico - who was running in clean air - was extremely quick and one of the fastest cars. Michael was caught in a train of cars in the lower half of the top ten, and although we tried something different by stopping early in order to get him into clean air, it didn't quite work for us. He then suffered a hydraulic issue which left his DRS jammed open and it was not possible to fix it in race conditions. I can only apologise to Michael for a further technical failure. As for Nico, his race was running to plan and he was gaining on the leaders when he ran across Massa, who was running out of tyres and defending vigorously before his final stop. This cost Nico both track position and time that proved crucial in the closing laps. Ultimately, that's part of racing, but the real lesson from today is that achieving our potential in qualifying, and running clean races, is vital for strong results."
Nico Rosberg: "Sixth place is a decent result today and it's important for both me and the team to keep scoring points for the championship and maintain our consistency. It was a mixed-up race and it was difficult to find a rhythm, particularly at the start, but by the end, the gap to the leading cars was not that big. It could have gone better this weekend, and we just need a little bit more performance to be competing at the front. However we are making good progress and increasing our understanding of the tyres all the time."
Michael Schumacher: "Unfortunately, our weekend in Montreal didn't turn out trouble-free for me and a hydraulic problem with the DRS forced me to end my race early. At first, I didn't know exactly what the problem was; I overshot the corner, ran through the grass and asked myself what was going on. Then the team told me about the problem and I saw it in the mirrors. Of course it's disappointing for all of us but it's not a question of pointing fingers; stuff like this happens. I know the team are doing their best and that it probably hits them even harder than me. We'll be back on the attack in Valencia."
Norbert Haug: "It was a great, exciting race this afternoon, during which Nico was able to lap at the same speed as the leaders after a tricky opening few laps. Nico was 14 seconds behind first place at the end of the race - the same gap as we saw after 10 laps. Our team has taken an important step forward and got the most from the tyres in track temperatures that exceeded 40 degrees, which was demonstrated by Nico several times setting the fastest laps of the race during his stints. We got the tyre management right here, as in Monaco, and we are working hard to push this process further forward. After seven races, Nico is 21 points behind the championship leader - he has scored on average just three points fewer than leader Lewis Hamilton, which is not too big a gap. Michael was running well after his early stop until he was forced to retire with his rear wing flap stuck open. It's clear to everybody in the team that we must achieve the same levels of reliability on his car as we have with Nico, who has completed every racing lap so far this season. Congratulations to Lewis Hamilton and Vodafone McLaren Mercedes on their victory today - it was the 300th race for McLaren and Mercedes, a milestone which adds extra significance to Lewis' appearance on the top step of the podium."
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