Updated: 20/06/2012 16:11 | By pa.press.net

Schumacher not to blame - Brawn

Michael Schumacher has not lost faith in the Mercedes F1 team

Michael Schumacher has not lost faith in the Mercedes F1 team

Mercedes team boss Ross Brawn has exonerated Michael Schumacher of any blame for the spate of retirements which have wrecked his season.

For the fifth time in seven races on Sunday Schumacher failed to see the chequered flag, raising further questions as to whether this will be his last campaign before retiring for a second time.

"Both cars are designed and built to exactly the same standards, according to the same processes," Brawn told German newspaper Bild. "Our target is always zero-defect reliability and we are not achieving that at the moment, which is compromising our championship position and our chances in the races. Resolving it is our highest priority."

Brawn added: "This has absolutely nothing to do with Michael - it is entirely on our plate.

"We will strip the car to identify the failure, and we will implement countermeasures.

"The only response can be one of logical engineering and hard work, to ensure there is no repeat."

Schumacher is currently languishing in 18th in the championship, with just two points to his name, whilst in contrast team-mate Nico Rosberg is fifth and 21 points behind leader Lewis Hamilton.

A philosophical Schumacher, via his personal website, said: "I want to emphasise again Formula One cars are prototype vehicles and hundreds of components are made especially for them.

"For me, it's completely understandable that things can go wrong from time to time.

"Of course it was a disappointing outcome in Montreal, but I won't lose my nerve or faith in the team. I still believe we will achieve something special together with Mercedes."

14/06/2012 01:46
16/06/2012 02:12

Reubens had similar bad luck when he was your team mate. Things happen. I am sure the team will resolve these issues. Look at the time you had with it when you first joined Ferrari. I am sure you and the team will get on top of it and it will start to look a lot different. All the best. Alles Gute!! Kopf hoch. Es geht voran.


21/06/2012 10:28

it would be sad if shuie left f1 big loss as we no that merc will come good maybe not a championship winning car but it will be on the podium a hell of a lot more and the worry there will be for mclaren as there gona take a slump id watch the points diffrence between the mercedes and the mclaren team i would say about 3 races from now we will c the merc in the top most of the season


12/06/2012 19:43

Regardless of who to blame it may be too late for Michael to make any impact into F1 this season or  next.

We and Michael have to face facts which is hash but true....Michael is not going to win another world championship while we have drivers like Alonso,Hamilton and Vettel gunning for the same glory.

So I for one will say it was nice having the great man back but it is time to say bye as Mercedes will not get that car 100% for another season and by which time we all will be saying enough is enough and Michael will be saying the same.

He should retire he's a danger to the other drivers!
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