Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Monza, 2012

Schumacher: ‘motivation intact’ despite Mercedes exit

2012 Japanese Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Monza, 2012Michael Schumacher says he remains motivated for the final races of the year despite knowing he will lose his place at Mercedes to Lewis Hamilton.

“My motivation is completely intact after the news last week,” said Schumacher, “especially because Suzuka is one of the season’s highlights for me.”

Schumacher has a ten-place grid penalty for this race following his collision with Jean-Eric Vergne in Singapore.

“It would also be nice to achieve a sporting highlight this weekend, although my chances are of course very limited because of my grid penalty,” he added. “But I’ve always approached these things as a challenge.”

Team mate Nico Rosberg hopes the upgrades the team tested prior to the Singapore weekend will pay off at Suzuka:

“The last race in Singapore was my best result for a little while and Ihope this is the start of an upward trend for me and the team,” he said.

“I’m looking forward to getting to Japan this week and getting on with the work to get the most out of our new aerodynamic package and upgrades.”

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