Mercedes has tweaked the design of its rear wing ‘DRS’ system following Michael Schumacher’s latest technical glitch in Canada. Team boss Ross Brawn revealed that the redesign was done despite the fact it was a one-off failure on a “very well proven part”.
Regarding Schumacher’s mysterious run of technical problems, the German squad is under immense pressure at a sensitive time, as the seven time world champion’s contract is expiring.
“I don’t believe in fate, but it has been peculiar,” Brawn admitted.
The situation surrounding Schumacher’s race seat is also intriguing, given that the cockpit is regarded as perhaps the only realistic alternative for Lewis Hamilton, who is still arguing about money with McLaren. But 43-year-old Schumacher insisted the technical problems will not influence his talks with Mercedes about 2013.
“I will certainly not be driven by emotion regarding my future in formula one,” he told the Swiss magazine Motorsport Aktuell. “That applies in both the negative and positive sense.”
He joked that at times in 2012 he has felt like Mercedes’ “test driver”, but insisted he maintains his faith in the Brackley based team and “will not just give up”.
Schumacher has just 2 points on the board in 2012 but he thinks his performance in a silver car has never been better.
“Since mid 2011 I have been on a par with Nico (Rosberg) in the race and now and then even better,” he insisted.
But the great German also confirmed that his future is unclear.
“If the team and I believe that all the important factors are in order, we will be talking about a further cooperation,” he said.
Boss Norbert Haug insisted: “There is no time pressure and we will talk with Michael first of all.”