Michael Schumacher has discounted recent speculation that he is set to abandon his three-year comeback commitment after his first return season in an F1 cockpit.
However, team management remains positive about the 41-year-old’s skills, and Mercedes competition boss Norbert Haug was keen to stress that the squad was not revisiting its driver line-up for 2011.
Speaking with reporters in the Hockenheim paddock on Wednesday, Schumacher said: “I am still motivated to achieve my goals in the three years [planned].
“I’m not entirely happy with the results, but I didn’t expect to drive everyone into the ground. Basically, I’m feeling good and having a lot of fun,” he added.
The 91-time Grand Prix winner believes that his major problem has been in qualifying – an area where Nico Rosberg is clearly superior this season – but admitted that he and the team were “working on it”.
Schumacher’s former Ferrari team-mate Eddie Irvine – never one known to keep an opinion to himself – has spoken with The Sun newspaper and been less complimentary in his assessment of things.
“Michael took his gamble [to come back to F1] but it’s backfired,” the Ulsterman said. “Ross Brawn was running the team, Mercedes were coming back so every box was ticked. Except the new car was shit.”
[Original image via The Cahier Archive]