Michael Schumacher insists that he isn't going to lose faith in his Mercedes team, despite being forced to retire for the fifth time in seven races in the Canadian Grand Prix.
Technical issues again saw the seven-time champion depart early from the race, with the German left with no option but to retire when the DRS became stuck open on his car.
It leaves Schumacher stranded on just two points in the championship but he insisted that problems were just part of the sport and he still had faith in his team to give him a car capable of performing at the front.
"I wanted to emphasise once again that Formula 1 cars are prototype vehicles and hundreds of components are made specially for them,” he wrote on his official website. “For me, it's completely understandable that things can go wrong from time to time. Of course it was a disappointing outcome in Montreal. But I won't lose my nerve or my faith in the team. I still believe that we will achieve something special together with Mercedes.”
Schumacher added that he wasn't looking to apportion blame with anyone for the issue that put him out of the Montreal race.
“There is no reason to blame anyone – unfortunate circumstances like these are part of motor racing,” he said. “Indeed, I'm certain it's even tougher for the guys in the team. That's why I sat down with my race engineers immediately after my retirement, to discuss how we should approach the time before the next race and to make sure we stay in close contact over the coming days.”