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Schumacher targets 'strong performance' in Valencia

Michael Schumacher: After an encouraging weekend in Canada, it is nice being back in Europe again where we start the summer season. Valencia stages one of the more unusual races in the calendar with a street circuit which in my view is very attractive for both us drivers and the fans.
Michael Schumacher is hoping to 'put on a good show' at the European Grand Prix next weekend after just missing out on a podium in Canada.

Schumacher's performance at Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve was easily his best since opting to come out of retirement and now the 42-year-old has had a taste again of battling it out right at the front, it might give him momentum for the rest of the season, providing his Mercedes GP W02 is competitive.

“After an encouraging weekend in Canada, it is nice being back in Europe again where we start the summer season,” Schumacher said ahead of the eighth round in the F1 2011 World Championship.

“Valencia stages one of the more unusual races in the calendar with a street circuit which in my view is very attractive for both us drivers and the fans.

“I enjoyed the weekend here last year as the track is, surprisingly for a street track, quite fast and flowing, so I am looking forward to going there.

“Of course we hope that we can put on a good show, deliver a strong performance and experience another encouraging weekend, before we head to our home races in England and Germany.”

Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn meanwhile was also boosted by what the Brackley-based outfit achieved in Canada.

“After the exciting and dramatic race in Canada last weekend, we return to Europe and head to the impressive Valencia Street Circuit for the next race,” he added.

“The lap around the marina in Valencia has many similarities to the track in Montreal with long straights and slow corners, whilst presenting an interesting challenge as it is quicker and much more open than a typical street circuit.

“Traction is important and the stop-start nature of some sectors can be tough on the brakes.

“The last race in Canada saw a positive weekend for the team, and whilst we still need to work on the ultimate pace of the car, it was encouraging to be fighting for a podium finish again.”



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12.06.2011- Race, Michael Schumacher (GER), Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team, MGP W02
12.06.2011- Race, Michael Schumacher (GER), Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team, MGP W02
12.06.2011- Race, Michael Schumacher (GER), Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team, MGP W02 leads Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB7
11.06.2011- Saturday Practice, Michael Schumacher (GER), Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team, MGP W02
11.06.2011- Saturday Practice, Michael Schumacher (GER), Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team, MGP W02
12.06.2011- Michael Schumacher (GER), Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team, MGP W02

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MAMBA - Unregistered

June 19, 2011 3:40 AM

Ok Ive always been a fan of Michael and now that's out of the way, but so many people claimed that he would be risking his reputation by returning to F1 but I think he has increased his legend. He's in a car that thats 4th at best, yet he's still commited to doing his best. There he is in his 40's still competing with todays best. Last week he was voted Germany's greatest ever sportsman and it was well deserved, the man is a legend. Seeing him back on an F1 podium would be one of the sporting highlights of my life.



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