Schumacher upbeat as F1 moves to Europe

Mercedes Formula One driver Michael Schumacher.  

Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher sounded a confident note on Friday as he looks forward to the Formula One season moving to Europe with the Spanish Grand Prix.

Developments on the Mercedes GP car means Schumacher is hoping for a considerable improvement in his fortunes in his comeback season.

“Every team will come to Barcelona with a revised car and so of course do we. I see a lot of potential here especially as our team has been reacting very well over the past four races,” he said on his homepage.

The 41-year-old German finished 10th at the Chinese Grand Prix and is only 10th in the drivers’ standings after four races. He has been slower than teammate Nico Rosberg in all four races and qualifying.

“We have worked on general improvements to the car, as well as specific developments in downforce and efficiency, and I am confident that we have room to make further progress in the future,” Schumacher said.

“Our step forward in Barcelona will be bigger than you can make at each race during the flyaways but it would not be realistic to expect us to suddenly be competing right at the front.

“I am hoping for a better race in Barcelona than I had in China and of course I would not mind having had better results so far.” “However the good news is that after three years away, I am feeling extremely motivated. So I am clearly ready to take this challenge.” Schumacher will have a different chassis in Barcelona, team chief Ross Brawn said earlier this week. Mercedes have also changed the wheelbase to improve weight distribution and have introduced aerodynamic upgrades.

“It’s foolish to say Michael is where he wants to be but he’s very determined to succeed,” Brawn said.

“I think these frustrations are just going to make him try even harder.” World champion Jenson Button in the McLaren leads the standings on 60 points, ahead of Rosberg on 50, with Fernando Alonso in a Ferrari and Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) both on 49 going into the May 9 Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya.

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