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

2011 Malaysian Grand Prix

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

  1. TheBrave said on 3rd April 2011, 18:50

    I don’t think the ammount of money invested really matters when it comes to the brackley based team. When mercedes took over they should have almost completely replaced the work force from the designers right down to the team truck drivers.

    They have a great team principal two brilliant drivers and thats about it.

    The team have tire problems it has been aware of and suposedly trying to fix for the past 10+ years. The mechanics mess up more stops than any other team in the paddock, their wind tunnel boffins consistantly fail to come up with the kind of gains the true top teams do. The only good thing they ever did was the double diffuser paired with JB in 2009 and i’d guess that was more to do with ross brawn than the design team.

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