Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Melbourne, 2011

Schumacher: “It’s too early to write us off”

2011 Malaysian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Melbourne, 2011
Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Melbourne, 2011

Michael Schumacher expects Mercedes to perform better after their disappointing start to 2011 in Australia.

Schumacher said: “There is absolutely no doubt we want to do better than in the opening race, which was a disappointment for all of us.

“We clearly see that as a challenge and it is much too early to write us off. Everybody in the team remains positive and is in a fighting mood. So I expect a better weekend for us to come; a weekend we can build on.”

Team principal Ross Brawn said the team had regrouped since the first race in Melbourne: “We endured a difficult weekend at the first race of the season, despite having reasonable expectations after completing a successful testing programme in Barcelona.

“We suffered a number of problems which resulted in a far from optimum car for qualifying and the race, and then were unlucky to suffer a disappointing double retirement for Michael and Nico.

“Our priority since Melbourne has been to regroup back at our factories in Brackley and Brixworth, to review the weekend in detail, and to establish the best way to achieve the full potential of the car from Malaysia onwards. How we respond to the disappointment of Melbourne, and the challenges we faced, will be a true measure of our team.”

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