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Mercedes leave Suzuka empty-handed as Schumacher finishes just outside the points in 11th ; Rosberg registers DNF

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Michael Schumacher hustled his Mercedes to the very brink extracting every bit of performance available at his disposal, but that was not enough to finish amongst the points in the Japanese Grand Prix as he finished in 11th place. Nico Rosberg's race came to an instant end as soon as Sunday showdown began as the "Young German" crashed out in the first corner chaos.

The German marquee had a downcast start to proceedings as Nico Rosberg's race came to a stop at the first corner, whilst Michael Schumacher made the most of the first lap chaos to run in 15th place after the restart.

After the first round of pit-stops Schumacher was running in 12th place as the German was right on the edge of the top 10 chasing the Force India of Paul Di Resta for 11th place. The legendary German was at his vintage best as he muscled past Di Resta for 10th place at the turn 1 sequence.

The Mercedes think-tank bucked the trend of drivers staying on the hard tyres after the seconds round of pit-stops as Schumacher was sent out on a set of soft tyres. However, the German dropped out of the top 10 after his final pit-stop with Daniel Ricciardo in his sights to take over 10th place.

The legendary German did not seem to make his soft tyres work, as he was still outside the top 10 and not gaining ground on the man in front.

However, the German legend seemed to be saving his tyres for a late dash to the finish line as the German was all over the back of 10th placed Ricciardo, with 5 laps to make a move stick for the final points scoring position. However the German could not force a move past the Aussie driver as the Mercedes team left Suzuka disappointed with no points added on board.

Schumacher shared after the race, "I have mixed feelings after the race here in Japan, because it's obviously unfortunate to come so close to scoring points and not manage it, after a race which went better than we expected. In the final laps, I had a nice and interesting battle with Ricciardo, but in the end I couldn't get past him because the Toro Rosso was so quick on the straights. That's why we have to say we couldn't have got much more out of it today. Now let's see how things go in Korea."

Comprehensive Japanese Grand Prix Race Report