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Schumacher excited for Mercedes resurgence

Michael Schumacher has been a key part of Mercedes GP's return to the top step of the F1 Grand Prix podium - even if it wasn't him clinching the team their breakthrough maiden win.
Michael Schumacher's return to F1 racing with Mercedes GP was an important declaration by the marque of the seriousness of their intentions to get back to winning ways after decades away from the sport. It's taken six years to pull off, but finally they claimed their maiden win of the modern era in China - except it wasn't Schumacher who delivered it.

"I was there until the chequered flag, listening to the team radio and keeping my fingers crossed," said the former multiple world champion of the experience of having to watch the historic moment at Shanghai from the sidelines last week. "It was fantastic for the team.

"Even if it wasn't me who delivered it, I was so excited as it was important for the team to clock this success," he continued. "It was important for the vibes in the team, but also for the trust that our partners had put in us."

Can the team repeat that performance again this weekend - and moreover, will it be Michael Schumacher's turn to bask in the limelight rather than his young compatriot Nico Rosberg? He'll be trying his utmost, that's for sure.

"Of course, there's always the question of whether what we saw in Shanghai was just a flash in the pan or if we can pull that off at other races," he admitted. "Shanghai was one of those days where everything fell perfectly into place and of course we hope to repeat it at other races this season. Keep your fingers crossed!"

And next time, naturally he wants it to be his turn back at the top of the podium. "If you have the chance to be at the top you go for it - that's just natural, human nature," he said. "You always try to get the maximum possible out of a situation and maximize the result. The more you put in, the sweeter the reward!"

The team is certainly looking strong at Bahrain, but while Rosberg was putting in the best times of anyone in Friday practice, Schumacher couldn't outpace Lewis Hamilton or the two Red Bull cars.

"It was a bit unlucky that I had to abort my fastest lap due to traffic," said Schumacher of his practice sessions. "[But] Friday is to warm up, and the times mean nothing: the question is whether you were able to complete your programme properly and I have to say that it wasn't a bad start to the weekend."

However, the fact remains that Michael Schumacher isn't getting any younger. So how does he keep up with the young guns emerging in the F1 world like his fellow Germans Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel?




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nick - Unregistered

April 21, 2012 7:50 PM

can the real michael schumacher please stand up. schumis had a bit of bad look from the very begining of this season,but has he still got what it takes to take the fight to rosberg and the rest of the grid...i thought he had when he came back,and ive suported him from the very begining.but im starting to have doubts now.ive made excuse after excuse,oh hes rusty ,oh he doesnt like the tyres,etc etc etc,but its got to be now or never....or was luca right ,its not michael schumacher comeing out of ferrari for a competitor its his twin brother...



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