The Chinese Grand Prix weekend was one that Michael Schumacher would probably prefer to forget, and the champion hopes he exhausted his bad luck in Shanghai. The Ferrari driver spun off at the start of his grid qualifying lap and had to start the...
The Chinese Grand Prix weekend was one that Michael Schumacher would probably prefer to forget, and the champion hopes he exhausted his bad luck in Shanghai. The Ferrari driver spun off at the start of his grid qualifying lap and had to start the race from the back row -- his worst ever qualifying result.
In the race he clashed with Christian Klien's Jaguar, had a spin that dropped him back and suffered a puncture. To add to this he was lapped by the leaders and eventually came home 12th. He described it as a "slightly more interesting race" than he would have liked but preferred to look on the bright side.
"It is important to be able to see the positive side of everything and in my situation with the championship already sewn up it makes little sense to dwell on the race," said Schumacher.
"There were a lot of positives from Sunday: Ferrari won the first Chinese GP and this will pass into history. Rubens won a fantastic race -- and I celebrated on Sunday with him -- and our fans were able to share our joy."
"Naturally, I would have liked to have left my mark on this race by winning it, but it was not to be. Maybe laughing about it would be too much but I repeat that all the bad luck happened at once."
"I should have exhausted these unlucky moments all at once, at least I hope I have! I hope to have less excitement and more success over the last two races of the season!"
Schumacher has fought his way through the field from the back to finish on the podium in past races but at Shanghai it wasn't to be. The champion regrets that he couldn't reward Ferrari with some points. "I feel a bit sorry about this," he said, and is determined to make amends in the last two races.
"The engineers and mechanics work like madmen during a race weekend and I wasn't able to bring home very much. You always hope to get something for them from the track as a reward for all their effort. I can only say that I will give my all over the next two races."