It can't get any worse: Schumacher

Michael Schumacher is convinced a season he has already written off cannot get any worse.

Schumacher suffered an all-time career low in Valencia a fortnight ago when he finished 15th in the European Grand Prix, the 41-year-old’s worst classified position in 258 races.

It means going into the halfway point of the season with this weekend’s British Grand Prix, the seven-times champion currently trails leader Lewis Hamilton by 93 points.

With a possible 250 up for grabs, mathematically the title is not beyond Schumacher, but realistically with Mercedes so far off the pace his hopes are slim at best.

Reiterating a position he took up four weeks ago ahead of the race in Canada, Schumacher is already focusing on next year, with the aim before then to at least salvage some pride.

“What happened in Valencia was frustrating because you think you’ve a great idea, a plan, and then you sit and let everybody by,” said Schumacher.

“It wasn’t very comfortable, but that’s part of the game, and the aim now is to move forward. It’s what we always want.

“Ahead of this race we’ve much higher hopes than in Valencia, but considering where we have been, it’s difficult to see it getting any worse.”

Schumacher has revealed he and Mercedes sensed they were in for a rough ride this season following winter testing, even though the team, in their former guise of Brawn GP, were world champions last year.

“After testing it was hinted the car was not a winning one, and after a few races it was clear that winning the championship would be tough,” added Schumacher.

“Now, I’m not really thinking about the championship any more. That’s unrealistic from my point of view considering the points I have.

“So all we can do, from my perspective, is try to learn as much as we can and prepare for next year. That’s what I’m fully motivated on.”

Despite performances that have been slated by critics, Schumacher maintains he is driven, focused and motivated.

“I have been in all sorts of circumstances in my career and don’t worry,” said Schumacher. “I’m not suffering at all in a way that removes my motivation. That is certainly not the case. I am putting in as much effort as ever and I drive on a level that I am happy with.”

More in this Section

Rodgers sure Chilwell and Choudhury have learned lesson after missing sessionRodgers sure Chilwell and Choudhury have learned lesson after missing session

Mercy Mounthawk win electric all-Kerry final to be crowned national championsMercy Mounthawk win electric all-Kerry final to be crowned national champions

Declan Hannon to continue as Limerick captain; Cian Lynch new vice-captainDeclan Hannon to continue as Limerick captain; Cian Lynch new vice-captain

Sheffield United sign Forest left-back Jack RobinsonSheffield United sign Forest left-back Jack Robinson


Lifestyle

Hannah Stephenson has advice on how to care for your garden when wet weather strikesHow to prevent and deal with waterlogging in the garden

The Winter Show, which gets underway in New York this Friday, is a celebration of world cultures, from antiquity to the present.Time travellers are packing their suitcases for New York this week

'We’re far more comfortable talking to our kids about death than we are about sex'Learner Dad: 'The five-year-old can’t wait for our cat to die'

Ireland’s Ancient East provided a range of attractions which sated the appetites of both young and old.One-size-fits-all holiday package to Ireland's Ancient East

More From The Irish Examiner