Zeenews Sports Bureau
Shanghai: Mercedes’ raceday misery continued on Sunday as their German driver Michael Schumacher was forced to retire early in the Chinese Grand Prix after a mistake in the pitstop.
The seven-time F1 world champion was given a go ahead before attaching the front right tyre properly in his first pitstop of the race.
"The front wheel got a bit loose, but I don't know what happened. I feel a bit sorry for one of my boys, but that's part of the game. Fingers crossed that Nico can get a good result for the team," said Schumacher after the incident.
However, teammate Nico Rosberg gave Mercedes reasons to cheer as he claimed his first Formula One win of his career on Sunday, finishing the Chinese Grand Prix ahead of McLaren’s Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton.
It took Rosberg, son of Finland`s 1982 world champion Keke, 111 attempts to claim his place on the podium.
Earlier, McLaren`s Lewis Hamilton finished second in qualifying, but had to start the race from seventh due to a five-place grid penalty for changing his gearbox. This promoted Michael Schumacher, who originally finished third, to second and started beside his Mercedes teammate on the front row.
Incidentally, Schumacher returned to the front row of the Formula One starting grid for the first time since 2006 and at the same circuit where he took his 91st and last win that year.