Michael Schumacher put in great drive in the F1 2011 Canadian Grand Prix at Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and came within a few laps of taking his first podium since opting to come out of retirement.
Schumacher climbed from twelfth at the re-start and ran second in the closing stages in his Mercedes GP W02 only to be overhauled first by eventual winner, Jenson Button and then Mark Webber. Fourth then was a bittersweet result for the 42-year-old.
“I am leaving this race with one eye laughing and one eye crying, as I am not sure if I should be excited or sad about it,” he admitted. “Having been in second place towards the end, I would obviously have loved to finish there and be on the podium again.
“But even if it did not work out in the very end, we can be happy about the result and the big fight we put in.
“A good strategy after the red flag made it possible, and I am very happy for our team. I would also like to send a big compliment out to the spectators who stayed with us in those difficult circumstances for so long and even cheered us up. That was impressive, and I am glad that I could play my part in entertaining them.”
Team-mate Nico Rosberg meanwhile was also on course for points, but damaged his front wing late on when he ran into the back of Kamui Kobayashi. Rosberg eventually finished in eleventh.
“It was a very demanding race this afternoon. In general, everything was okay with my car and, at the end, I was up there in the points but I made a mistake at the hairpin on lap 66,” Rosberg recalled.
“I was trying to overtake Kobayashi and was very close behind him in turn 10; he slowed when I didn't expect it, I hit the back of him and damaged my front wing, which then came off on the last lap.
“The same thing had happened to me, but in reverse, when [Adrian] Sutil hit me. I could perhaps have been a little more aggressive with some of my stops today, pitting a little earlier, but it's always difficult to judge the risk.
“Although my result was not so good, I'm sure it was an exciting race for the fans in front of the television. We have some positives to take from this weekend, and we will look to give a strong performance next time in Valencia in two weeks time,” he concluded.