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Schumacher: & # 34; Problem not between steering wheel and tank & # 34;

Michael Schumacher on the Hockenheim bankruptcy
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M ercedes GP was lucky in disaster at Hockenheim. After the Ferrari stables scandal, the Silver Arrows disappeared from the headlines. There weren't many positive words to say about the self-proclaimed German national team at the Hockenheim weekend.

Schumacher not nervous after bankruptcy

After the massive renovation work on the Silver Arrow, expectations for the home game were high. The disappointment at Mercedes GP was all the greater. In the end, Schumacher was only able to fight his way up from position eleven to position nine.

'It should be obvious to everyone that the problem is not between the steering wheel and the tank, but in front of and behind it,' complained the Hockenheim record winner. 'We won't get nervous about it, but we will sit down together, analyze the reasons and then find solutions.'

Schumacher surprised about strategy change

It would have been in the race could even move up a few places, but an unfortunate strategy and a problem with the underbody that came from qualifying prevented a better finish. 'Seventh place would have been possible', Schumacher mused later. The anger was limited, however.

After a good start, Schumacher was called to the pits unusually early to change tires. 'The stop was too early,' the German complained afterwards. 'Our strategy was actually to stay outside as long as possible. That surprised me a little.' Due to the strategy, Schumacher also fell behind team-mate Nico Rosberg, whom he had actually already grabbed on the starting lap.

Both Mercedes are lapped

In the end it came for that Mercedes factory team even worse. Both silver arrows were lapped by the tip. After Rosberg's third place at Silverstone, there was a bit of a setback at Hockenheim.

'What we achieved after my pit stop was the best possible result,' said Schumi, who then analyzed the situation soberly. 'Of course I wanted more, especially since our performance in the race usually looks better than in qualifying, but it shouldn't be.'


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