Michael Schumacher says that the Mercedes team needs to 'stay calm' and keep working hard to improve its performance after a below par showing in the German Grand Prix.

Schumacher and team-mate Nico Rosberg finished eighth and ninth at Hockenheim as a season of ups and downs for the team continued in Germany, with no respite before the Hungarian GP this weekend.

While Schumacher admits that the German result was disappointing, he said he was confident that Mercedes will be more competitive in Hungary and needed to simply learn from the events when things don't always go to plan.

"The German Grand Prix last weekend was clearly disappointing for us but we have seen a variety of performances from our team over the past few races," he said. "With this in mind, I will still go to Hungary with a positive feeling. It is clear that we need to understand our car better, and the track in Budapest plus more time to evaluate our upgrades should help us in that respect.

"As I said after the last race, we have to remain calm, look into all the details and analyse our performance in order to learn as much as possible from such weekends. That is the way we have to go in order to improve our situation which may already be possible this coming weekend in Hungary."

Team-mate Rosberg said the key for the team heading to Hungary was to qualify better, with overtaking at the Hugaroring being far from easy.

"Qualifying hasn't been our strong point recently so we will be working hard on our preparations over the weekend to give us the best chance in the race," he said. "I had a strong weekend in Hungary last year, finishing in fourth place, and it would be nice to be competing towards the front again this time around."