Schumi: give me time

Michael Schumacher has backed up the claims of his Mercedes paymasters by admitting that, while things have not gone to plan so far, he has no intention of quitting Formula 1.

Speaking ahead of this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix, Schumi acknowledged that he has not achieved the results many had predicted of his partnership with the German outfit, but insisted that things were progressing and would continue to do so.

“Admittedly, the last two races have not been very fortunate for me, but I am very much aware of the reasons for it,” said Schumacher. “I know how things go in F1 and, if you look into the detail of the two races, I think everything is still going according to plan. You can only improve step-by-step and I am confident that we are achieving this.”

The seven-time world champion scored points in his first two races after returning from a three-year ‘retirement’, but fell foul of a mechanical problem in Malaysia last time out, leaving him only tenth in the standings, on nine points. Team-mate Nico Rosberg finished third at Sepang to take his tally to 35 and a share of fourth overall.

“We looked quite reasonable in Malaysia at the last race and maybe things will play into our hands again in Shanghai,” Schumacher added. “I am looking forward to the race and fully enjoying the competition again.”

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