Michael Schumacher has said that everyone at Mercedes Grand Prix remains very 'positive' and in a 'fighting mood', despite a bitterly disappointing start to F1 2011.
Schumacher and team-mate Nico Rosberg were both victims of other people's errors in Australia and were forced out before the halfway marker. However while it was a far from great start to the new season, Schumacher is hopeful that the second race of the year in Malaysia will be more fruitful.
“There is absolutely no doubt we want to do better [at Sepang] than in the opening race, which was a disappointment for all of us,” said the seven-time F1 world champion.
“We clearly see that as a challenge and it is much too early to write us off. Everybody in the team remains positive and is in a fighting mood. So I expect a better weekend for us to come; a weekend we can build on.”
Team principal Ross Brawn and Mercedes boss Norbert Haug meanwhile are similarly hoping for better and have confirmed that everything possible has been done to ensure the squad delivers at what is the home race for title sponsor, Petronas.
“Since the first race in Australia, we have worked hard in Brackley and Brixworth to analyse the reasons behind, and to solve, the reliability and performance problems which hampered our first race weekend of the season,” Haug stated. “Our target is to be in better shape in Malaysia.”
“We endured a difficult weekend at the first race of the season, despite having reasonable expectations after completing a successful testing programme in Barcelona,” Brawn continued.
“We suffered a number of problems which resulted in a far from optimum car for qualifying and the race, and then were unlucky to suffer a disappointing double retirement for Michael and Nico.
“Our priority since Melbourne has been to re-group back at our factories in Brackley and Brixworth, to review the weekend in detail, and to establish the best way to achieve the full potential of the car from Malaysia onwards.
“How we respond to the disappointment of Melbourne will be a true measure of our team.”