• Canadian Grand Prix

Ross Brawn rues Schumacher tyre gamble

ESPNF1 Staff
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Michael Schumacher struggled for grip late in the race © Sutton Images

Mercedes boss Ross Brawn admitted that a gamble in trying to use Michael Schumacher's softer tyres for too long cost his team more points the Canadian Grand Prix.

Schumacher was running eighth until he started to struggle badly for grip late in the race, leaving him helpless to defend his position as he dropped out of the points.

"Michael was looking strong in the first phase of the race and was very well-placed," said Brawn. "Unfortunately the incident with Kubica punctured the right front tyre and coming in for the extra stop meant we were out of phase with where we wanted to be with the tyres.

"With hindsight, it was over-ambitious to try and get the Option to last as long as we did and Michael really struggled towards the end. We've come away with some points from the weekend but not as many as we would have hoped."

Schumacher, who again failed to match the pace of young team-mate Nico Rosberg all weekend, said he was reasonably happy with his car's pace despite the result.

"Towards the end, I was trying as hard as I could to defend myself but it was only possible to a certain degree and my tyres were just ruined after having done more than half the race distance," said Schumacher. "I was fighting cars with a good top speed which was quite tough. "Otherwise I would have been in a good position I think so we have something to take away to the next races."

Team-mate Nico Rosberg confessed himself happy with finishing sixth after losing places at the start following an incident between Felipe Massa and Tonio Liuzzi.

"Sixth place was probably the best result that we could have achieved today so I'm pretty happy," said Rosberg. "It's been a difficult weekend with a poor qualifying performance yesterday due to the tyres not working properly and I was unlucky on the first lap today to lose so many places from the chaos in front of me. But from there, I was able to do some good overtaking and push to make up the positions and our pace was quick.

"We had a great strategy but it was really difficult to manage the tyres. I drove smoothly to control the graining but every time I looked in my mirrors, it was getting worse. Thankfully the primes held after my second stop so we were able to finish with sixth place and get some decent points moving me up to sixth in the Drivers' Championship."