Schumi: It’s been a disappointment

Date published: June 22 2011

Michael Schumacher concedes that Mercedes GP have failed to live up to their pre-season expectations…

Michael Schumacher concedes that Mercedes GP have failed to live up to their pre-season expectations.

Having scored 26 points from the first seven races of the season with a best of fourth spot, Schumacher has not reached the level he had hoped for, having dreamed of podium places and race wins at the start of the year.

The German concedes that the season has thus far not worked out as he had hoped.

“Overall, it’s clear that the season up to now has gone worse than all of us had hoped,” he told Autosprint magazine.

“In fact, considering the good conclusion to winter testing, it’s worse than we had actually expected.”

While the seven-time World Champion says that it has been problems consistently cropping up that have hampered performances, he insists the experiences will help the team going forward.

“The fact that on the car we have several areas of work in progress,” he said when asked why the team is struggling.

“As long as we worry about solving those, the development of the project suffers at times.

“The positive thing about it is that this time we are able to take all these experiences and this knowledge towards next year. In fact I’m confident that we’ll take good steps forward during the rest of this year. We have plenty of work to do, but we are prepared.

“All our attention is focused on building the team. That’s what we focus on at the moment, with no exception nor limitation,” he added.