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Schumacher: Testing ban has hurt

Michael Schumacher insists the ban on testing has hurt him since returning to F1
Michael Schumacher admits that a lack of testing has been his been his biggest test since making a return to F1.

The second season of his comeback again ended without a podium finish for the seven-time champion as Mercedes failed to challenge the likes of Red Bull, McLaren and Ferrari on track.

While he admits that he had hoped to secure a top-three finish by this stage of his return, Schumacher said he wasn't afraid for the work required to take Mercedes to the top of the podium and added that he was still getting used to competing in the sport without the extensive in-season testing seen in the past.

"I thought that I might be on the podium at least a couple of times,” he told Corriere della Sera. “Together we have to work hard to improve performance but we are not afraid of that. In F1 there are no magic wands.

"In the past we did a lot of testing. Today not, so I have had some problems with the tires. I have not learned how to interpret them correctly.

"Previously I came to the race weekend knowing what was coming. Now the tests don't come until Friday and I am still getting used to this system."

Schumacher added that he wasn't lacking any motivation despite his time away from the sport, and was as focused as ever on securing success.

"Some have questioned whether my mood has changed,” he said. “It would be nice if outsiders didn't make guesses without knowing."



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pitstops3

December 16, 2011 4:09 PM

It was never going to be easy coming back after such a long break but i think next year will be the best year yet of Schumies comeback and hopefully he will finally get back on that elusive podium again and get that 92nd race win at long last.

Marty Harris - Unregistered

December 17, 2011 2:51 AM

Let's get some perspective into this: Schumacher in current form is hardly slow! He's often faster than Rosberg, especially in races, though clearly is on the back foot in qualifying. By any standards, a very quick driver. And for a 42-year-old, astonishing. As if proof were needed that Schu remains quick, the Race of Champions a few weeks back proved it. Knocking out Vettel? Nice one grandpa! The point about reduced testing is simply this: Give all drivers a day of testing and they'll get to much the same point, relatively speaking. Give them 10 days, and some will be further ahead than others because they extract and interpret information more acutely. And it's in this area that Schumacher is the undisputed King: the more he can test, the greater becomes his advantage.



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