Record-breaking multiple F1 world champion Michael Schumacher was a frustrated man at the end of the Chinese GP on Sunday, after only finishing tenth and scoring a single solitary point.
Schumacher, who had only qualified ninth, didn’t really get into the groove all afternoon and while he did run as high as fifth at one point, he was always trying to make up ground and freely admitted at the finish that it was a weekend to forget.
Indeed by the end his intermediate tyres were completely worn and he was powerless to hold off F1 2010 rookie Vitaly Petrov and Ferrari’s Felipe Massa, who managed to grab ninth on the final lap.
“It was one of those races that you do not want to remember, just like the whole weekend really. It was not good for me and not good from me,” said Schumacher. “You have to take it as another experience and accept it even if it is frustrating that I was not able to get my tyres together better.
“My strategy in that respect was not very impressive as in the last 10 laps my tyres were just gone and seemed to be more slicks than intermediates. I was one of those drivers who had gone onto the last set quite early and we should have done that differently and positioned the tyres better.
“In general I had some good and tight fights which was fun but with my last stop being probably too early, in the end I just couldn’t do anything and my fights were quite hopeless then. I am looking forward to going home now but let’s see if we manage to!”
Mercedes GP’s Norbert Haug and Ross Brawn meanwhile have both vowed to do all they can to help Schumacher adapt to the MGP W01, although with Nico Rosberg leading early on and eventually taking a podium for the second race on the trot, there can’t be that much wrong with the car.
“It was not a good race weekend for Michael unfortunately,” said Haug. “We will investigate what the problems were and I am convinced we will all see much stronger results from him rather sooner than later.”