Schumacher aiming for race wins

Michael Schumacher believes that the new Mercedes 2011 F1 car, the W02, will help him get back on the podium this season.

The German superstar made his return to Formula One last year having retired at the end of the 2006 season. However his comeback proved to be a bit of a damp squib with his team-mate Nico Rosberg finishing 70 points ahead of him in the championship.

“Even if I have been involved and updated all winter on the developments, and even if I know the improvements are significant, it is still different to see the new car literally for the first time in front of you.

“You automatically build up this nice pre-start tension, so I very much look forward to the new season,” Schumacher said.

“We have said it several times already, but again we are really looking to build up something big together.

“I am very confident this season we will be standing on the podium much more regularly – ideally in the middle.”