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Schumacher enjoys ‘fun’ F1 return

Michael Schumacher declares himself happy with sixth on his return to F1 in Bahrain, although he admits that the event was far from a classic
Michael Schumacher insisted he was happy with a top six finish on his return to F1 competition in Bahrain, declaring that the result was a 'good base to make progress' for the Mercedes GP team.

In his first F1 outing since the 2006 season finale, Schumacher enjoyed a steady – if unspectacular run – to sixth place and the seven-time champion insisted he was happy with the result and the base it has given the team for the remainder of the season.

“After three years away, I'm happy to say that I had fun out there today, especially at the beginning with the good start that I had,” he said. “I can live very well with sixth position and it gives both me and the team a good base to make progress. I have every confidence that we will improve the car.

“Working with the team for our first race together was very positive and the guys did a great job so I would like to thank them for their support in my comeback race. We all know that we have some way to go but we will get there. The season is long.”

However, speaking to the BBC following the race, Schumacher admitted that the rules for 2010 and strategies employed by teams – which saw the leading runners complete just one stop – had ensured that the event wasn't one that will be regarded as a classic.

"Overtaking is basically impossible, other than if somebody makes a mistake,” he said. “Lewis had a little one so Nico was able to pass him, but got back past at the pitstop. That's about it.

"That's the action we are going to have with unfortunately this kind of environment of race strategy.”



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andrew.

March 14, 2010 7:22 PM

Overtaking impossible thanks to Max Mosley. This is the F1 he wanted with no refueling, silly tyre rules and teams nursing engines so that they last 2 or 3 races. All of these kill racing and create processions. Congratulations Mosley, you have killed F1.

James Montgomery

March 14, 2010 6:36 PM

I must admit this was what I was expecting since he said he was returning! If anyone thought he could win... dream on! I think that was a very solid job he did today! Considering he hasn't raced for 3 years, he kept the car on the road, came home in 6th and looking at him at the post race interviews... he wasn't sweating a tonne either so I think it's just rustyness! I'll give it till the start of the euro season before he outpaces Rosberg for good and starts flirting with the podium (hopefully top!) Eitherway bravo schuy :) Agree about the overtaking... almost fell asleep!



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