Pit-stop nightmare: Schumacher forced to stop his car on lap 15 image

German F1 race 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.

Looking disappointed, though not angry, Schumacher said:

“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.”

“I noticed in Turn 3 as I started to load front right that something was wrong,” he said.
“I saw some smoke and damage and I thought it was better to stop before I made some serious damage to the car.
“I feel a bit sorry for one of my boys that changed that tyre if he is responsible but that’s part of the game.
“I don’t have any hard feelings towards the team.”

But Nico Rosberg broke through with a dominant pole and win in China.
It took Rosberg, son of Finland`s 1982 world champion Keke, 111 attempts to claim his place on the podium.
Britain’s Jenson Button finished a distant second for Mercedes-powered McLaren, 20.6 seconds behind, with team mate and compatriot Lewis Hamilton third for the third race in a row to take the championship lead.