Last year was Michael Schumacher’s return to the world of formula one, the veteran with multiple championships under his belt was beaten pretty convincingly by most teams and a little less convincingly by his teammate Nico Rosberg in the Mercedes GP car.
However he indicated that this season would be much better. He seemed confident of podium finishes and at least some victories this season.
“I am confident that we can compete for podium finishes, and I am hopeful we can fight for victories at some of the races,” Schumacher said
On being prodded further about the story this year, this is what he had to say :
“This year feels very different indeed. Last year everything was new again; the testing situation, the car, the team, the structures. It was very exciting but it was still something you had to find your way through,” Michael Schumacher said.
“Now, one year later, I know much better which areas to work in. I am much more familiar with the team and we have a great group of very skilled and dedicated people. I enjoy what I do, I enjoy working with Mercedes, and I have never regretted my decision to return … if that is what you wanted to ask next!”
“My feeling is a good one. The team has been working very hard over the (European) winter to shape our car in all of the areas which had been identified by us as needing improvement,” he said.
“The data I have seen over the winter has been quite encouraging, but then we all know that the realities of data and the race track can be quite different.
“As a driver, you obviously hope for a good step forward and I think this is what we have achieved.
“Saying that, we will only see the truth once the season gets underway, so I can hardly wait to go to Melbourne to finally see what the real picture is.”