Michael Schumacher’s quest for a solid points haul came crashing to earth when he retired early from the Malaysian GP when a wheel nut departed company with his Mercedes GP car.

Michael Schumacher

Discussing his retirement with the BBC’s Lee McKenzie when he returned to pit lane, the seven-time World Champion explained: “One of the wheel nuts came off, I don’t know exactly what the reason was for it. I had a look at it and there were none left. It was a 3-wheeling car, I had no more drive so couldn’t even get back to the pits and had to retire.

"The car is quite reasonable, it’s difficult for us here but we knew that and it was a good progression, in my view. I believe we could have had two cars in very good points (positions) and one most likely on the podium today."

Schumacher’s forecast rang true when team-mate Nico Rosberg took the team’s first podium with a solid drive to third place.

[Original image via GP Update]

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