Mercedes' Michael Schumacher is looking to continue his good run of form at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi.
Schumacher has outscored his young team mate Nico Rosberg 38 points to 26 since the summer break and there are signs that he is returning to his pre-retirement form at this late stage in the F1 2011 season.
Schumacher's race at the Yas Marina circuit was ended in a frightening first lap collision with Vitantonio Liuzzi last year, but that didn't stop the German veteran from enjoying his first visit to the Abu Dhabi GP, and he has been looking forward to returning for the 2011 edition.
“The twilight race here certainly delivers a very unique atmosphere and challenge, and I truly enjoyed driving in those conditions last year when I was doing so for the first time,” said Schumacher of the race's evening start time.
The 42-year-old has clearly enjoyed many of the new generation Grand Prix venues, many of which he has less experience of than his younger rivals.
"The season's ending is coming up with some quite spectacular races; after the debut in India last weekend.” said Schumacher of the inaugural Indian GP at the all-new Buddh international circuit.
Of course it's easier to enjoy yourself when things are going well, and Schumacher has been able to reflect on some impressive results of late. He says that he sees no reason why this good run should come to an end before the 2011 season is complete.
“I hope that we can carry on our good team performance next weekend, at the home race for Aabar, and I look forward to scoring more points.” he concluded, and there is no reason why Mercedes will not be strong at the Yas Marina circuit, a track which contains four straights where F1 cars exceed 285 kph, the same amount as Monza. And we all know how strong they were there…
by Philip Barclay