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I can live with the criticism, says Schumacher

Michael Schumacher: The year has been a big challenge, and in this respect my expectations have been fulfilled. In terms of results, we clearly did not meet our expectations. But then, you have to fight for the things you want to achieve, which has always been my credo.

Michael Schumacher has reiterated that he has no regrets about opting to come out of retirement, even though F1 2010 clearly didn't meet his expectations.

The 41-year-old had a pretty disappointing time during 2010, and his best results were a trio of fourth places. In contrast Nico Rosberg managed three podiums in the sister Mercedes GP car and he also scored nearly twice as many points.

Despite that though, the seven-time F1 world champion isn't down beat and added that the woes of 2010 will just motivate him even more.

"The year has been a big challenge, and in this respect my expectations have been fulfilled. In terms of results, we clearly did not meet our expectations. But then, you have to fight for the things you want to achieve, which has always been my credo," he told his personal website.

"Mercedes, the whole team, me - we are working together to build something great. Not being an easy process makes the challenge more exciting. None of us is the type of guy to just give up when faced with setbacks.

"It is the opposite, this makes us even more determined. I think I have proved over many years that I love challenges and that I am able to handle them. I have not regretted my decision to come back at all."

As for the criticism, Schumacher conceded some of it was justified and that he hasn't exactly looked good 'all of the time'.

"I can live with criticism very well, you just have to differentiate it and it can bring you forward as well," he continued.

"What is much more important is that I deeply enjoy building what we are building here at this team and that is always the best base for success because you do not need to question the motivation. And please don't get me wrong here; you don't question the seriousness either. I can't wait already to get the new season started," he concluded.




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James Montgomery

December 22, 2010 5:55 PM

To be fair... schuy has had 20 years of listening to criticism.. I think all drivers get it at some point in their career, so it's nothing new for him (he was the main talking point in his 2nd gp.... not for good reasons either). @ dangerous dave... of course he will, regardless of if Rosberg is faster than him or not... if schu is unhappy with something, he will go talk to the team and get it sorted... personally I think that is a much more suttle approach compared to someone like Alonso or Webber who go and moan publically... you will get more sympathy from the public but it doesn't make you faster.

Llort Murof - Unregistered

December 22, 2010 5:53 PM

I'm backing Schumacher for next season. I was never a fan of him but this attempted come-back has won me over! Come on Schuey, prove the doubters wrong! Hopefully he's had more of a hand in developing next years car and can spring a few surprises to make Mossie swallow his dentures :)



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