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Q&A with cautious Michael Schumacher ahead of new season

  • Published on 08 Mar 2012 15:48
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  • By: Rob Veenstra
Michael Schumacher is not getting carried away by the promising winter season for Mercedes. The W03 was reliable and showed signs of speed, but Schumacher stays cautious. The German released a Q&A preview for the new season.

Michael, what is your resume after the wintertests?
Schumacher: "The car is reliable which is already good. The first impression was already quite positive. We were driving out of the box with the car and everything went well, so there is potential. We are heading into the season much better prepared than in the past two years, and we can fully concentrate onto the development of our car."

The car is reliable, okay, but is it fast as well?
Schumacher: "The speed is promising. I hope we can show that in Melbourne. We were able to drive a lot during the tests and therefore learn a lot too, and we certainly have made a step forward. Just that I would want to wait until after the first races to jude how big this step is and how much it is worth compared to our competitors."

Why are you that cautious?
Schumacher: "Because we have experienced last year that you can be very wrong relying on the data coming out oft he winter tests. And because we can see that the field will be very narrow this year. I do not have a clear picture yet. What we can say though is that the gap between the several teams will not be as big as it has been last year."

Do you have a chance to win in Australia?
Schumacher: "Victory to me is unlikely, I see Red Bull infront. Behind them it will be tight, and you can be either hero or zero very quickly. It will come down a lot to the ability of how well you will be setting up your car to the respective track."

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