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Schumacher: We need to stay calm

Mercedes looks to bounce back from tough German outing in the Hungarian Grand Prix
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."



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Pete - Unregistered

July 29, 2010 12:06 PM

Have I missed something very obvious? Is there a reason apart from the fact most people hate him for his success that everyone is deridig the Schumacher's return? Sure, it's not what many would have demanded, but rather than showing he's a spent force, I believe there's a real danger (to the other teams) lurking beneath the rad helmet. Have you noticed his starts? He is by far-and-away one of the hottest-starters in the field - something that could be pivotal when the Brawn car is finally crafted into his liking. Also, the new tyres next season. What will happen when all the drivers are rookies on the new provider's rubber? Who will learn how to use them first? Watch this space 2011.

spaghettieddie

July 28, 2010 7:19 PM
Last Edited 2323 days ago

@Andrew, It was my understanding that he took a huge cut in pay as compared to his salary while with Honda. It was also my understanding that he had an agreement with Brawn in which he would stay and help out with the option of negotiating a better contract at the end of the season along with getting one of the cars he happened to win the championship with if he won. Brawn tried to screw him out of the car as well as not really showing Button the respect I think he deserved as the WDC. Who knows if it was Brawn or Mercedes? Brawn might have had to make a decision, Button and no Mercedes partner, or Shumi and Mercedes. Probably the latter as he was broke. I dont think he has a big ego Andrew.



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