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Schumacher: We are improving

Michael Schumacher targets a strong finish in the Spanish Grand Prix after Istanbul disappointment
Michael Schumacher will hope to bounce back from a difficult Turkish Grand Prix when the F1 season continues in Barcelona this weekend with the Spanish Grand Prix.

Another below par performance from the German saw him trail in in twelfth place, with an early collision with Vitaly Petrov hitting his hopes of finishing inside the points in Istanbul.

Schumacher has won the Spanish GP no fewer than six times in the past and will hope to make the most of recent improvements to the W02 to bounce back from his Turkish disappointment.

"The Spanish Grand Prix is traditionally where it really feels like the European season gets underway and holds a lot of good memories for me,” he said. “Of course, we know the Circuit de Catalunya very well from testing, but it will be interesting to see the effect of KERS, the DRS and the Pirelli tyres on a track where overtaking is always difficult.

“While I was not happy with my weekend in Turkey, there have been clear signs of improvements for us as a team, which obviously push and re-boost my motivation even more. It's more than encouraging to see that the hard work of the team is starting to pay off. We are all determined to make progress."

Mercedes team boss Ross Brawn said he was hopeful that both Schumacher and team-mate Nico Rosberg would be able to challenge well inside the top ten in the Spanish race.

"The last two races in Turkey and China have proved that we can be quick in certain conditions but we need to focus on achieving that level of performance consistently over the entire race weekend,” he said. “We will have an aerodynamic development package for the Spanish Grand Prix, along with refinements to our suspension package, which should help to find the consistency in the car that we are looking for.

“The Circuit de Catalunya is such a familiar venue to the teams that we should be able to maximise our practice time to focus on this, and I hope to see another step forward and a positive weekend."



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pitstop - Unregistered

May 16, 2011 6:23 PM

Remember what schumacher did at China he was flying at the end of that race so to all those who keep saying he should call it a day will hopefully be eating their words pretty soon,all he needs is one perfect race and he will be back at the top again.I still think some of the other drivers are out to get him,that's why they keep on driving in to him for no aparent reason,it is called jealousy.



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