While pleased to have made the finish in his comeback race, Michael Schumacher was a little downbeat after his quiet run to sixth place after starting seventh on the grid.

Schumacher overtook Mark Webber’s Red Bull in the opening corner exchange on the first lap, and managed to fend off the Australian and Jenson Button in the closing stages of the race.

Bahrain GP - Rosberg & Schumacher

Despite picking up useful points, he had hoped for more on-track action.

"Overtaking is basically impossible, other than if somebody makes a mistake," Michael told the BBC after the race.

"Lewis [Hamilton] made a little one so Nico [Rosberg] was able to pass him but he then got back past at the pit-stop. That’s about it."

Despite being one of only two drivers – the other being Rubens Barrichello – to have raced in F1 during the refuelling ban that ended in 1994, the seven-time champion was hesitant about the overtaking benefits that the refuelling ban would apparently offer.

"That’s the action we’re going to have, unfortunately, with this kind of environment and race strategies," he said. "Anyway, it was good fun, especially the beginning – and now we’re going to work forward in order to catch up with who is in front of us."

While there may have been a lack of passing at the pointy end of the field, there was plenty of on-track action midfield and lower down the order where overtaking was evident.

[Original image via GP Update]

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