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Schumacher seeking a fresh start in Hungary 27 Jul 2010

Michael Schumacher (GER) Mercedes GP on the drivers parade.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 11, German Grand Prix, Race Day, Hockenheim, Germany, Sunday, 25 July 2010 Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes GP MGP W01 leads team mate Michael Schumacher (GER) Mercedes GP MGP W01.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 11, German Grand Prix, Race, Hockenheim, Germany, Sunday, 25 July 2010 Michael Schumacher (GER) Mercedes GP MGP W01.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 11, German Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Hockenheim, Germany, Saturday, 24 July 2010 Michael Schumacher (GER) Mercedes GP MGP W01.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 11, German Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Hockenheim, Germany, Saturday, 24 July 2010

For a driver who has scored four German Grand Prix wins during his career, you could imagine a ninth-place finish would be a result to forget. However, Mercedes GP’s Michael Schumacher is determined to glean as much as he can from his poor Hockenheim outing ahead of this weekend’s Hungarian event.

"The German Grand Prix last weekend was clearly disappointing for us but we have seen a variety of performances from our team over the past few races,” explained the seven-time world champion. “With this in mind, I will still go to Hungary with a positive feeling. We have to remain calm, look into all the details and analyse our performance in order to learn as much as possible from such weekends.

"That is the way we have to go in order to improve our situation which may already be possible this coming weekend in Hungary. It is clear that we need to understand our car better, and the track in Budapest plus more time to evaluate our upgrades should help us in that respect.”

Mercedes GP team principal Ross Brawn was equally hopeful they can turn things around as the season progresses.

“The last race weekend in Germany was challenging for us, particularly following the podium finish at Silverstone, and we were disappointed not to be competing further up the field,” explained Brawn. “The team is doing a good job operationally but we need to find more pace from the car and we continue to work very hard to achieve this.

“Hungary is a technically demanding circuit and should be a good proving ground for our latest upgrades, providing further invaluable track testing time, as we work to find the optimum set-up. Our two-week factory shutdown just after the race will be a well-deserved rest for our employees and the chance to recharge their batteries before the busy final third of the season."

Mercedes GP are currently fourth in the constructors’ championship, a full 76 points adrift of third-placed team Ferrari.