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Schumacher eager for final podium

Michael Schumacher hopes for one more podium before retirement
Michael Schumacher says he hopes to secure at least one more podium finish before his F1 career ends, although he admits that he may need luck to be on his side in order to achieve his aim.

Schumacher has just one podium finish since coming out of retirement for the 2010 season and will retire at the end of the year after being replaced by Lewis Hamilton for 2013.

The seven-time champion will aim to go out on a high although he admits that Mercedes will need to improve or he will need to get lucky if he is to get a top three finish before the year is out.

"It all falls with the situation of whether we can significantly improve the car or not," he was quoted by ESPN. "It needs quite a bit of luck and we can't only base our results on luck. But we are still working on this car and we are aiming to improve it and go forward. But it depends on the rate we can do or not do.”

Schumacher heads to Korea this weekend on the back of a solid 11th place in Japan, where he showed strong pace to come through from the rear of the field even if he was unable to score at the end of it.

"If you look at the pace we had physically in the race it wasn't too bad," he said. "We didn't look great in qualifying, indeed, but saying this we would have expected it to be difficult because we noted earlier in the season that our car is quite good in lower speed corners rather than high-speed corners and Suzuka's nature is on the high-speed side. In the race I don't think my fastest lap was that far off the leaders and it was done reasonably early before I was in traffic with Ricciardo and I couldn't really do a faster lap time from that point on."



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