Michael Schumacher says his motivation ahead of the European Grand Prix is higher than ever as he seeks to bounce back from a difficult weekend last time out in Canada.
The seven-time champion was forced to retire from the race when the DRS on his Mercedes became stuck open – marking the fifth time in seven races that he has failed to finish this season.
As a result, Schumacher goes into the Valencia race next weekend with just two championship points to his name but he said was feeling positive about his chances of finally turning his fortunes around.
"Our entire focus is now on the race in Valencia, and I am sure that everybody's motivation is even stronger because the weekend in Canada didn't go as well as we had hoped,” he said. “Our motto in the last few days has been to roll our sleeves up and focus on the job in hand; everybody in the team has taken that approach to heart, so we can travel to Valencia in an optimistic mood.
“The harbour area is particularly nice and, given its location, the circuit is also really interesting, so let's see how we can perform there. You can still feel some of the atmosphere from the America's Cup in Valencia, which makes this race a special event that we always enjoy taking part in."
Team boss Ross Brawn insisted that getting rid of the reliability issues that have affected Schumacher this season were vital for the remainder of the year but said he too was confident about the weekend if those issues could be addressed.
“The performance of our car and our tyre management were generally good in Canada, however our competitiveness was compromised by reliability problems and mistakes,” he said. “This is a disappointment that is deeply felt by everyone in our team, and we have been working hard to ensure we understand the reasons and deal with them. Achieving zero-defect reliability is our highest priority. The opportunities available if we can give both drivers a reliable car and a clean weekend are clear."