Schumacher: Tyre maintenance key to fifth place finish in India

1st November 2011

Michael Schumacher has claimed that good tyre maintenance played a key role in securing his fifth place finish at the Indian Grand Prix.

The Mercedes driver continued his recent resurgence by beating teammate Nico Rosberg to fifth spot and partly attributed his success to the excellent race strategy employed by the team.

"At the start, everything worked out according to my strategy as I deliberately didn't want to use KERS in the first two corners and save it for the long straight where I knew that I could make up some positions," Schumacher said.

"In the second stint, I managed to maintain my tyres so I could stay out longer and that was enough for fifth place."

The seven-time world champion added that Mercedes need to "keep pushing" and trying to improve in order to close the gap on the teams above them.

Sebastian Vettel once again displayed his dominance of the sport as he topped the podium after starting from pole position.

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Posted by Danielle Barge