Teammates are a pain (2)

09:22, April 21, 2010      

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During the Schumacher Era (Part One?) Schumacher's position as team leader at SFM was never in doubt. His comeback with Mercedes GP Petronas couldn't be more different. The 41-year old has failed to beat his teammate, Nico Rosberg, in any single qualifying session or race. In Shanghai he finished 10th for only the fourth time in his career. The winner of 91 Grands Prix and seven world' titles must find this hard to swallow.

It's likely this year's narrower front tires do not suit Schumacher (or Hamilton). He prefers a car with a strong front end, using his skill to keep the rear under control. Paddock humourists in Shanghai suggested the Mercedes upgrade for the Spanish GP in three weeks should be Nick Heidfeld - the team's reserve driver replacing Schumacher in car number three. The German won't see the funny side and will be hoping for a car more suited to his skills - and the chance to vanquish his teammate.

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