Michael Schumacher has said that he took positives from the Australian Grand Prix, despite fighting with minnows and only taking one point for his tenth place.
Observers watching Schumacher were saddened to see the legend somewhat emasculated, but the man himself looked at the positive aspects of the second race in his comeback.
“I know that might sound awkward but I take a lot of good aspects from the race weekend in Melbourne,” Schumacher said on his personal website.
“Of course that does not show at first sight but looking into our weekend more deeply, I find we did improve quite well and have a good reason to be quite satisfied – just not from the pure result obviously.”
“Analysing qualifying I think both Nico [Rosberg] and me could have been ranked two or three positions better,” said Schumacher.
“I had a too conservative set-up in the end which was too much concentrated towards the race, plus I had a tear-off strip stuck in my front wing which too cost me some time. And going into the race from those better positions would have meant fighting for the podium.”
Schumacher insisted that the development of his car put him in good shape for this weekend’s Malaysian race.
“All that means that we are not too far away, and I am quite confident there will be more to come. So going to Malaysia we know that clearly we improved our pace since Bahrain, which is a good feeling.
“It was a lot of fun fighting in Melbourne even if it was just for one point, and I will enjoy fighting again in Sepang.”