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Schumacher: Mercedes can compete

Michael Schumacher insists Mercedes is going in the right direction and can fight for honours in 2011
Michael Schumacher says he is hopeful that Mercedes will be able to fight for the top places after an improved showing in the final pre-season F1 test of the year.

After a difficult start to life with the new W02, Schumacher and team-mate Nico Rosberg enjoyed a more competitive week in Barcelona last week, with Schumacher posting the quickest time after five days of running at Catalunya.

The performance has increased expectations surrounding Mercedes going into the new season and Schumacher admitted that the team was going in the right direction as it seeks to improve on a disappointing 2010 campaign.

"We are going in the right direction. Definitely," he told the SID news agency. "We should be in a good position this year. But as to whether we already have a winning car - for this assessment I would like to first wait a few races.

"Anyway, with the car we will be able to fight for the top places, and that is good news. The team did a great job."

Schumacher failed to make it onto the podium last year in his first season out of retirement and while he admits that he didn't expect to be winning races again from the outset, the German conceded that it had taken him longer than he expected to get used to being back behind the wheel of an F1 machine.

"I never thought that I would come back after three years and everything would be as before," he said. "I am a realist in this respect. It is true that the re-acclimatisation has taken longer than I hoped, but I was always clear that it would be difficult and that there would be no guarantee of success. I am the type who is encouraged by challenges.

"We are talking about a highly complex, highly competitive and ever-changing sport - so you cannot expect that things will always run as desired. It is important to stay strong and keep concentrated on the work. We did that and I am convinced that Mercedes will become a Championship contender."



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George Zaidan

March 17, 2011 8:55 PM

who cares how Schumacher does I just love to see him race even if he is so old as to race in wheelchairs I'll still cheer him on... he will surprise this season though and I do believe Merc is hiding their true worth. good luck and a safe season to them all.

Domination - Unregistered

March 17, 2011 1:52 PM

Googolplex Richard said Perez clocked a quicker time. Its a blatant lie, because Schumacher clocked a time around 0.5 seconds quicker. We also know Sauber did this last year, clocking a very quick time in the hope of gaining sponsors. Perhaps before posting Richard ought to get his facts straight before launching into one. Just floating that boat....



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