Dropping down the field due to a problem with his front wing – which he had to change early in the race – Schumacher had to do a recovery race all day and barely made the Top 10 with a few laps to go. However, the fight for 10th place was a thrilling one, as the Mercedes GP driver was held behind the Spanish teenager for no less than 34 laps last Sunday.
Eventually, with 5 laps to go, the 7-time world champion passed Alguersuari for the Top 10 position. Nevertheless, the Spaniard had only nice things to say about the German, especially since he taught him a valuable lesson in how to make better use of his tires.
“About Michael, I can only say that he behaved like a super professional. He put a lot of pressure on me, but he didn't do anything that would result in a conflict between the two of us. I only cared about defending the point,” said Alguersuari, according to Autosport.
“Schumacher took away a point, but without realising it he gave me much more. He taught me how to understand better the tires. If they had been better preserved, I would have done a one-stop strategy and I'm sure I would have been able to secure the points.”
“However, I realize that very soon I will be able to make better use of the tires - especially the soft ones. With the hard ones, I'm starting to be at its maximum performance level, although I have to preserve them longer,” added the Spaniard.