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Downcast Schumacher says: I'm looking forward to going home

Michael Schumacher: Today was one of those races that you do not want to remember, just like the whole weekend really. It was not good for me and not good from me.
Record-breaking multiple F1 world champion Michael Schumacher was a frustrated man at the end of the Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday, after only finishing tenth and scoring a single solitary point.

Schumacher, who had only qualified ninth, didn't really get into the groove all afternoon and while he did run as high as fifth at one point, on the whole he was always trying to make up ground and freely admitted at the finish that it was a weekend to forget.

Indeed by the end his intermediate tyres were completely worn and he was powerless to hold off F1 2010 rookie Vitaly Petrov and Ferrari's Felipe Massa, who managed to grab ninth on the final lap.

"Today was one of those races that you do not want to remember, just like the whole weekend really. It was not good for me and not good from me," Schumacher stated. "You have to take it as another experience and accept it even if it is frustrating that I was not able to get my tyres together better.

"My strategy in that respect was not very impressive as in the last 10 laps my tyres were just gone and seemed to be more slicks than intermediates. I was one of those drivers who had gone onto the last set quite early and we should have done that differently and positioned the tyres better.

"In general I had some good and tight fights which was fun but with my last stop being probably too early, in the end I just couldn't do anything and my fights were quite hopeless then. I am looking forward to going home now but let's see if we manage to!"

Mercedes GP's Norbert Haug and Ross Brawn meanwhile have both vowed to do all they can to help Schumacher adapt to the MGP W01, although with Nico Rosberg leading early on and eventually taking a podium for the second race on the trot, there can't be that much wrong with the car.

"It was not a good race weekend for Michael unfortunately," Haug stated. We will investigate what the problems were and I am convinced we will all see much stronger results from him rather sooner than later."

"With Michael, we clearly had a more difficult time [than with Nico]," Brawn added, "but at least we got a point out of it.

"We have some issues that we need to understand as the deterioration of his tyres and therefore his pace is a problem that we need to resolve before the next race in Barcelona."

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April 18, 2010 5:33 PM

It's different now Schumi. Lots of young bloodhounds nipping your heels unlike 1993 when you were a class of your own. Even some of my friends who are fans of yours felt you should have stayed home. :?

FooAtari - Unregistered

April 18, 2010 5:51 PM

Said from the start this was a bad idea. Too old and out of it too long. There is no way he thought for a second he would have been out performed by Roseberg every race so far... In his prime, he would never have been getting passed in rain while fighting for places at the bottom end of the top 10. Even in a dog of a car. He has had an awesome (if flawed IMO) career in F1, but that over now, and if he still has the racing bug should go do something else.

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