Schumacher hopeful of strong Silverstone weekend

Michael Schumacher is aiming to give his Mercedes team something to smile about at the 2010 British Grand Prix.

The seven-times champion has so far struggled this season, with the team’s W01 failing to be a match for the front runners.

Despite this, the German driver is hopeful of an improved weekend and is hoping to develop a better understand with the current Bridgestone tyres.

“Silverstone represents a special race for us as it is so close to everyone at our factories in Brackley and Brixworth who are all working like hell to make up the quite difficult start into the season that we have experienced.” Schumacher said in Mercedes GP’s British Grand Prix Preview.

“We would like to give them and all of our supporters a good performance this coming weekend, even if we seem to struggle a bit at the moment.

“We have to face the fact that we were less competitive in Valencia than we had hoped for which makes it difficult to predict how we can perform at the British Grand Prix. Our race pace has been quite promising but our qualifying speed is not yet ideal and we still do not understand the full picture about the tyres. This clearly is something that we will keep working on intensively. I have a lot of different and mostly nice memories of Silverstone and therefore I am obviously very much looking forward to travelling there. We will certainly try to do our best there.”

Team-mate Nico Rosberg is also confident that Mercedes will improve and is looking forward to racing infront of the Silverstone crowd.

“Silverstone is a great circuit and one of those tracks which provides a real challenge for you as a driver.” he said. “I think every driver loves to race there. The layout is demanding with the very quick corners and it will be interesting to see the new changes in the Arena complex for this year.”

“The atmosphere and the fans are always fantastic at Silverstone and it will be even better this year with our factories just down the road and the support of everyone at the team. We will be going back to Brackley after the race to see everyone and it would be nice to get a good result to reward their hard work. It’s been tough for us over the last few races but we are working hard to improve and I am confident we will get there.”