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!
Please help us to maintain a healthy and vibrant community by reporting any illegal or inappropriate behavior. If you believe a message violates theCode of Conductplease use this form to notify the moderators. They will investigate your report and take appropriate action. If necessary, they report all illegal activity to the proper authorities.
100 character limit
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?
Get the Bing Sports App for Windows 8 (© Microsoft)

latest f1 news

  • Lewis Hamilton emerged victorious in the Singapore Grand Prix to regain the lead of this year's Formula One world title race  AP

    Lewis Hamilton feels relaxed rather than relieved after reclaiming the lead in the battle for this year's Formula One world title.

  • Daniel Ricciardo, left, will have to continue to wait for Red Bull team principal Christian Horner, right, to impose team orders to aid his title cause

    Red Bull team principal Christian Horner believes it would have been "wrong" to have imposed team orders on Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo in the Singapore Grand Prix.

  • Kevin Magnussen endured a gruelling night's work in the cockpit of his McLaren during the Singapore Grand Prix

    McLaren team principal Eric Boullier has hailed Kevin Magnussen's drive to claim a sole point in the Singapore Grand Prix as "heroic".

  • Nico Rosberg missed out on pole by the slenderest of margins

    Nico Rosberg's expletive moments after the conclusion to a pulsating qualifying session said it all after he had lost out to Lewis Hamilton by the slenderest of margins.

  • Fernando Alonso feels a top-three finish in the Singapore Grand Prix is within his grasp

    Fernando Alonso has his sights set on a rare podium finish to complete Ferrari's surprise resurgence in Singapore.

  • Lewis Hamilton is working on improving his single-mindedness  AP

    Lewis Hamilton is working on improving his single-mindedness as he bids to improve his chances of winning this year's Formula One world title.

  • Charlie Whiting admits monitoring radio messages in future grands prix will not be straightforward

    FIA race director Charlie Whiting has acknowledged coded radio messages will be difficult to police throughout future grands prix.

  • Williams duo Valtteri Bottas, left, and Felipe Massa have not given up hope of a win this season

    Williams duo Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa both remain convinced they can deliver a victory for the team before the end of the year.

  • Bernie Ecclestone has suggested three-car teams may soon come to fruition

    Bernie Ecclestone has suggested Formula One is poised for a dramatic change should a number of cash-strapped teams go to the wall over the winter.

  • Felipe Massa has hit out at the FIA ban on radio messages

    Felipe Massa has warned of the possibility of "a big fight" with FIA race director Charlie Whiting ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix following the recent ban on radio messages.

  • Fernando Alonso has made it clear he is far from happy with the latest rumours suggesting he is to leave Ferrari

    Fernando Alonso has accused the Italian media of attempting to destabilise Ferrari following the latest rumours linking him with a move away from the team.

  • Financial difficulties are making life difficult for Sauber and team principal Monisha Kaltenborn

    Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn cannot confirm whether her cash-strapped marque will be on the Formula One grid next season.

  • Lewis Hamilton admits he has no margin for error

    Lewis Hamilton appreciates he is running out of wiggle room in his bid to win this year's Formula One world title.

  • Ferrari's Fernando Alonso was quickest in final practice ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix  AP

    For only the fourth time in 42 practice sessions this year a Mercedes failed to finish in the top two positions come the conclusion.

  • Bernie Ecclestone's race-sanctioning fees have been questioned by the F1 teams

    Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff has confirmed talks have taken place between the teams and Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone with regard to financial assistance for the historic circuits.