Michael Schumacher says his lack of experience with Bridgestone’s current intermediate tyres cost him performance in China.
The German says that the tyres have changed since 2006, and with his lack of knowledge relative to other front runners, it’s hard for him to judge how to get the best out of them. In China all drivers struggled to keep their tyres alive, losing performance when the rain eased and they began to grain.
“It’s a new condition and these intermediates are slightly different to what I obviously knew in the past,” he said. “You have to really pace yourself dramatically in order to keep them alive long enough. The difficulty with the weather was to predict how long is rain going to last, or not going to last, do we change back to dries, how quick we can push. It’s a new experience again for me.”
In China he tumbled down to 10th place, having spent much of his race fighting people off.
“I’m sure for spectators it’s been very exciting, but for me it’s one of those ones that you call frustrating, actually. As you can imagine there were some good emotions, but there were unfortunately too many bad emotions! Actually at the beginning I thought we were quite clever compared to some others when we changed onto intermediates, but it turned out to be the wrong decision.
“Honestly all weekend didn’t work out for myself. I think I have to compliment the ‘English team,’ and say congratulations to them, they’ve done a great job. I had a nice battle with Lewis at some point, some nice kissing to each other! But nevertheless they did it, and congratulations to Nico who made it onto the podium, so at least one of us scored good points.”
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