Michael Schumacher insisted he had done all he could in the German Grand Prix despite dropping back from third on the grid to finish seventh at Hockenheim.

Schumacher had hoped to fight for a podium finish on home soil and looked racy at the start as he challenged Sebastian Vettel for second place on the opening lap.

However, as the race wore on, the seven-time champion found himself unable to match the pace of the front runners and gradually dropped down the field, with a three-stop strategy also playing a part in him crossing the line down in seventh spot.

"There are nicer ways to finish a home race than falling back from third to seventh place," he admitted. "I squeezed everything I could out of the car but, unfortunately, that's everything we could manage today. It's a pity because I would have loved to have given something more to all our Mercedes-Benz colleagues who were supporting us today.

"Before this weekend, we expected to be racing between P5 and P7, and of course fifth place would have been the better option, but seventh was our maximum in these circumstances. I got a decent start and the short battle with Sebastian was fun. After that, unfortunately, there weren't too many highlights, apart from setting the fastest lap, perhaps.

"However, we couldn't maintain that pace for very long. Now we have to look forwards and do our maximum at the next race."

Mercedes motorsport boss Norbert Haug admitted that the team had to look into getting more speed from its car after again struggling against its rivals for outright pace.

"Of course it is not pleasant starting third and coming home seventh," he said. "We were convinced that a three-stop strategy would be the fastest race for us, and we will evaluate whether a two-stop strategy could have brought us more. In any case, a podium was out of reach for us today and we certainly need further improvements.

"Like in Silverstone, our best-placed car came home roughly 30 seconds behind the winner, so we are missing about half a second per lap. We are now looking forward to doing a better job next weekend at the Hungarian Grand Prix."



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