Michael Schumacher believes he missed out on a 'nice' result in China, after a pit-stop gaffe put him out in the early stages.
Schumacher was trailing team-mate and eventual winner Nico Roberg by around 5 seconds when he dived into the pits on lap 12. However during the stop his front right wheel was not properly secured and he was mistakenly given the all-clear to go, as his front right changer reached for a replacement wheel gun. As a result the seven-time F1 world champion made it only part way around the next lap before being forced to park up.
Mercedes was later fined 5000 Euros by the stewards for an unsafe release [see separate story – CLICK HERE
]. Schumacher though, took it on the chin, despite the disappointment of missing out on what would likely have been his first rostrum since his return.
“My right front tyre got loose following my first pit stop. As I did not want to cause any bigger damage to the car, I stopped on the grass. I felt there was something wrong immediately and especially in turn three, when I put pressure on the right side of the car,” he recalled.
“Up until then I had a controlled race I'd say, keeping the others behind me and the tyres together.
“Of course, this was an unfortunate ending to what could have been a nice race, and I feel sorry for the guys, who always work so hard and give their best. But we all know that's part of the game.”