Date:Tuesday June 26 2012
Last weekend Michael Schumacher returned to the podium for the first time since October 2006 at Shanghai.
While Schumacher kept his head while all around him drivers were losing theirs, the Mercedes driver picked up an unexpected third place finish.
Throughout practice the Mercedes showed good pace throughout three close practice sessions.
In FP1 Schumacher was just 0.227s behind Maldonado, FP2 a similar gap of 0.267 separated him and Vettel who topped the timing sheets, then on the Saturday in FP3 he was 0.579s behind Button.
It all pointed towards a very competitive qualifying, although it ended in disappointing fashion for Schumacher.
His time of 1m38.770s was just 0.067 seconds off the cut-off point for Q3 so despite being close to the fastest time set in the session [all the top cars were within a quarter of second], the seven-time former Formula One World Champion would not take part in the final session of qualifying and would have to settle for 12th place on the grid.
But despite blaming the result on himself, the German appeared remarkably relaxed about the situation and immediately focussed on the positives of qualifying outside of the top ten.
'What a close qualifying session. Of course, I'm not particularly happy about not making it through Q2 but that was clearly down to me - I didn't get my lap together. On my first run, I was too aggressive in turn 12 on my first timed lap, then had to abort the second lap and pit because the tyres were no longer in good enough condition to improve. After that, I was a bit too conservative on the second run and that cost us, because the times were so close today. On the other hand, my starting position opens up strategic possibilities for tomorrow.' he told formula1.com immediately after qualifying.
Perhaps having the pressure lifted from his shoulders following what appeared a poor qualifying session helped ease him into the race.
He kept his nose clean, something he hasn't done very frequently this season and he put his Mercedes in the right position to take advantage of all the incidents that happened in front of him.
The Red Bull of Sebastian Vettel broke down whilst in the lead, then the Lotus of Romain Grosjean also broke down whilst challenging for the race win, then there was a collision between the third placed McLaren of Lewis Hamilton and the fourth placed Williams of Pastor Maldonado, all these incidents elevated Schumacher to the podium.
'Wow, I did not even think of getting on the podium for any second in the race today, so what a wonderful result! Finally it happened! After such a long time waiting and for jumping on the podium so unexpectedly, I feel extra happy. I think that was the best answer to give to everybody who started doubting our work: get the car together and fight back; never give up, as anything can happen. A big thank you to the team and to everybody who kept on believing we would get on the podium again. That's what team work is about.'
It really was a surprise to Schumacher to finish on the podium, so much so that he hadn't even realised it when he crossed the line at the end of the race.
'I didn't think a podium was possible - not even at the end of the race, because it was pretty busy in the last laps and I had lost count of where I was. Then when I crossed the line, I asked the guys where I was and they said 'Third - on the podium!' It's one of those moments that you enjoy deeply as a driver. We were close a couple of times but it was great for it to happen in a spectacular race like this, through strategy and lots of passing on a circuit where overtaking is difficult.'
This podium position was the first podium since his return to Formula One with the Mercedes team and the 156th of his career.
Date:Tuesday June 26 2012
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Formula One Prediction Competition - Round 19 (Tuesday November 19 2013)
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Lotus deal to be done 'next week' (Monday November 18 2013)
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Should Alonso race while injured? (Monday November 18 2013)
2013 - USA GP - Race (Sunday November 17 2013)
2013 - USA GP - Qualifying (Saturday November 16 2013)
2013 - USA GP - Free Practice 3 (Saturday November 16 2013)
2013 USA GP - Free Practice 2 - Result (Friday November 15 2013)
2013 USA GP - Free Practice 1 - Result (Friday November 15 2013)
Kovalainen replaces Raikkonen (Friday November 15 2013)
Magnussen confirmed at McLaren (Thursday November 14 2013)
Maldonado happy to be leaving Williams (Thursday November 14 2013)
Perez announces McLaren departure (Thursday November 14 2013)
Lotus offer seat to Schumacher (Thursday November 14 2013)
McLaren continue to keep options open (Wednesday November 13 2013)
Kubica return nearly impossible (Wednesday November 13 2013)
Williams ambition (Tuesday November 12 2013)
Massa agrees Williams deal (Monday November 11 2013)
Who will win in America? (Monday November 11 2013)
Formula One Prediction Competition - Round 18 (Monday November 11 2013)
Raikkonen's season is over (Monday November 11 2013)
Video: Every race is a challenge – Horner (Sunday November 10 2013)
Video: Horner&Newey reflect on incredible year (Friday November 8 2013)
Video: Vettel looks ahead to Ricciardo rivalry (Friday November 8 2013)
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Perez to lose McLaren seat? (Tuesday November 5 2013)
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Alonso cleared to race (Tuesday November 5 2013)
New Jersey & Mexico to drop off F1 calendar? (Monday November 4 2013)
Williams interest in Brawn? (Monday November 4 2013)
Di Resta wants Force India decision (Monday November 4 2013)
McLaren to confirm driver line-up imminently (Monday November 4 2013)
Hulkenberg set to beat Maldonado to Lotus seat (Monday November 4 2013)
2013 Abu GP - Race - Result (Sunday November 3 2013)
Webber denies Vettel pole (Saturday November 2 2013)
2013 Abu GP - Qualifying - Result (Saturday November 2 2013)
2013 Abu GP - Free Practice 3 - Result (Saturday November 2 2013)
2013 Abu GP - Free Practice 2 - Result (Friday November 1 2013)
2013 Abu GP - Free Practice 1 - Result (Friday November 1 2013)
Maldonado holds the key (Friday November 1 2013)
The importance of experience (Thursday October 31 2013)
Brawn set to leave Mercedes (Wednesday October 30 2013)
The Blue helmet's take on Abu Dhabi (Tuesday October 29 2013)
Massa out of running for Lotus seat (Tuesday October 29 2013)
Formula One Prediction Competition - Round 17 (Tuesday October 29 2013)
Who will win in Abu Dhabi? (Tuesday October 29 2013)
Vettel is the best (Monday October 28 2013)
Difficult to put things in perspective for Vettel (Monday October 28 2013)
Vettel clinches fourth successive Drivers’ Crown (Sunday October 27 2013)
2013 Ind GP - Race - Result (Sunday October 27 2013)
Vettel destroys the opposition on his way to India (Saturday October 26 2013)
2013 Ind GP - Qualifying - Result (Saturday October 26 2013)
2013 Ind GP - Free Practice 3- Result (Saturday October 26 2013)
2013 Ind GP - Free Practice 2 - Result (Friday October 25 2013)
Massa in talks with Williams (Friday October 25 2013)
2013 Ind GP - Free Practice 1 - Result (Friday October 25 2013)
Video: Formula One's charm offensive on Russia (Thursday October 24 2013)
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