Schumi - Don't write us off

April 7, 2011 - 0:0

Michael Schumacher insists it is too early to write off the chances of Mercedes GP despite their disappointing start to the season.

A strong showing at the end of pre-season testing raised expectations in the camp, but both Schumacher and team-mate Nico Rosberg retired from the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.
Prior to the race, the seven-time world champion had only managed to qualify 11th while fellow German Rosberg was in seventh, almost two seconds off the pole time of Sebastian Vettel.
But Schumacher believes it is still possible for the team to find the improvement they need to fight it out at the front of the grid.
""There is absolutely no doubt we want to do better than in the opening race, which was a disappointment for all of us,"" he said.
""We clearly see that as a challenge and it is much too early to write us off.""
""Everybody in the team remains positive and is in a fighting mood.""
The 42-year-old expects Mercedes to have made a step forward at the Malaysian Grand Prix this weekend.
Schumacher added: ""Everybody in the team remains positive and is in a fighting mood. So I expect a better weekend for us to come; a weekend we can build on.""
Rosberg is confident there will be no repeat of the double retirement that meant the team came away from Melbourne without a single point.
""We had a tough weekend in Australia but the team has worked hard and we are confident that the car will be running reliably in Malaysia,"" he said.
(Source: Skysports)