Updated: 21/06/2012 17:04 | By pa.press.net

Schumacher: Reliability woes in the past



Michael Schumacher's focus is on the European Grand Prix

Michael Schumacher's focus is on the European Grand Prix

Michael Schumacher has rolled his sleeves up over the last few days in a bid to emerge from the slump severely damaging his season.

Schumacher has been plagued with issues and retirements that have resulted in the seven-times champion scoring just two points from the opening seven races.

"Montreal is forgotten and our entire focus is now on the race in Valencia," said Schumacher. "I am sure that everybody's motivation is even stronger because the weekend in Canada didn't go as well as we had hoped. Our motto in the last few days has been to roll our sleeves up and focus on the job in hand."

"Everybody in the team has taken that approach to heart, so we can travel to Valencia in an optimistic mood."

In the Canadian Grand Prix five days ago it was a sign of the times for the 43-year-old that he was forced to retire again with an unusual problem in that the DRS wing on his Mercedes was stuck in the open position due to a hydraulics fault.

Team principal Ross Brawn has already made it clear more has to be done to assist Schumacher, especially as his spate of retirements is proving a handicap in the constructors' championship.

Brawn said: "The performance of our car and our tyre management were generally good in Canada, however our competitiveness was compromised by reliability problems and mistakes.

"This is a disappointment that is deeply felt by everyone in our team, and we have been working hard to ensure we understand the reasons and deal with them.

"Achieving zero-defect reliability is our highest priority.

"The opportunities available, if we can give both drivers a reliable car and a clean weekend, are clear."

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17/06/2012 14:14
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Actually I respect him more now than I did when he was winning everything in sight.

 

He's 43, of course he isn't the driver he was at 25. He knows this, yet he's having another go anyway because he loves the sport. He doesn't need the money and he doesn't need the glory. A lesser character would have quit in frustration last season or the season before, but not Schumacher. Love him or hate him, the man is no quitter.  

16/06/2012 15:32
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shcumie will come good.      TULL.
19/06/2012 20:44
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he is as good or better than many drivers in the field, I have more respect for him now then when he won everything in site, and i feel sorry that hes had such poor luck.  Heres hoping for a better second half to the season!
15/06/2012 13:44
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michael should  retire  you been champion 7 times there  will never be another to replace your style of driving  of them times  and you will never win a championship again  bow out and  run a team let the young drivers of today have there chance ive been a f1 fan since 1965 and you are a all time great and in the history books .
18/06/2012 19:16
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No chance in hell of winning another world championship
17/06/2012 20:04
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I say it is time to take a back seat for the great man and leave the young-stars to build on where he left off as all they will do is try and beat him at every occasion.
15/06/2012 22:27
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I for one have to say enough is enough and Michael for one should be able to accept he is not going to win another championship this season and I don't think Mercedes will be keen to continue paying his this high wages just to be a contender.

So I hope they all can come to some agreement and sort which way he goes and who comes in as this would be for the best of the team.

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What's he doing, become a commentator, buy a pub get into Indy Car.
He's a danger to the other drivers!
17/06/2012 13:07
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Michael to  say " Au  Revoir"  to F1. The time has matured to leave Michael. The Hay Days that Schumacher does whatever he wants  without been punished are over. Like, intentionally wanted to take Jacque Villeneuve off the the race to win the 8th championships are over.

I think now, if someone DELIBERATELY do what Michael Schumacher did to Jacque Villeneuve, he should be put into JAIL. Not only to strip his points from the championships. That was TERRIBLY STUPID and BABARICK act, on  the part of Michael Schumacher.

Chao, Chao

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