After a difficult comeback season in the Mercedes GP, Michael Schumacher has poured water on any speculation that he would be an immediate frontrunner in 2011 Michael Schumacher is being cautious about his 2011 prospectswith a new car at his disposal.

Having invested much of the 2009 season (as brawn GP) concentrating on securing the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championship titles, the team dedicated fewer resources that it would have liked towards its 2010 model, with the entire operation taken over by Mercedes-Benz in the winter break.

And with the team quickly realising the this year’s W01 was not as competitive as the front-running cars from Red Bull, McLaren and Ferrari, the decision was made rather early in the season to concentrate on the 2011 car, the W02.

“We began with our new car earlier than some other teams, which is an advantage,” Schumacher told the Kleine Zeitung newspaper.

“But we shouldn’t expect any miracles,” the 41-year-old added. “We cannot take two steps at once.

“We are after all a smaller team than the big ones, so we have slightly less capacity,” he continued.

Schumacher yet again dismissed speculation that he would quit after a single season back in the sport, and denied suggestions that he was hell-bent on capturing a podium finish this weekend.

A failure to finish in the top-three of this weekend’s race means that 2010 will be the sole full F1 season Schumacher has contested without achieving a podium finish.

“I do not need a podium, but of course I would prefer to have one,” he said.

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