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Schumacher: We needed rain!
8 July 2012
Michael Schumacher managed to score a few points in the British Grand Prix, but reckoned he could have done much better had it been wet.
In contrast to Friday practice and qualifying, the race was run in dry conditions and while Schumacher started third, he was unable to maintain the position, gradually slipping further and further back.
He eventually finished in seventh place in his Mercedes, getting back passed the McLaren of Lewis Hamilton with five laps to go.
“We achieved what was possible for us today, and we have to be satisfied with that,” Schumacher commented after the latest round in the F1 2012 World Championship.
“We were pretty competitive towards the end of the race, but overall we knew that the characteristics of this circuit wouldn't suit us in normal conditions - we definitely could have done better in the wet. Even so, we managed to score a few points, which can be important for the team.
“Our attention now turns to Hockenheim, our next home circuit, where things should look better in any case.
“I can only say to all motorsport fans that we are counting on your support. Like always in Germany, it will be a very special weekend, and we want to celebrate it together with them. So make sure you're there in Hockenheim!”
Team-mate Nico Rosberg meanwhile had even less to smile about and he could do no better than 15th.
“The whole weekend just hasn't gone to plan for me which is a bit unexpected and really disappointing,” he commented. "In the race today, I had a poor start and generally we just didn't have the pace. Then a slow second pit stop held me up towards the end; so all in all, it really didn't come together.
“Now we need to work hard to improve the car for our next home race at Hockenheim in two weeks time. Hockenheim is a completely different circuit to here which should suit our car better, and we will hope to put on a great show for all of our fans there.”
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