Michael Schumacher believes he has every possibility of finishing on the podium at the Monaco Grand Prix – which would be his first podium finish since making his comeback to F1 – on the back of a solid performance to net fifth on the grid in qualifying yesterday.
The seven-time World Champion has looked pretty quick all weekend in his Mercedes GP W02 challenger, and the five-time winner on the world’s most famous street circuit believes that the circuit’s unique characteristics could net him a healthy haul of points.
“From the running we have had so far, it would be pretty optimistic to think about it but then Monaco is Monaco, and it has its own rules,” he said after netting his third consecutive top-ten qualifying result of the season.
“With the strategy here, the start can be vital and that is what we are going to play on to make it possible,” he added.
In contrast to his earlier F1 career, Schumacher’s race starts have generally proven pretty top-drawer, and the 42-year-old has consistently found himself making places in the opening laps of races.
The German also believes that he is more confident with his race pace than he was with his one-lap qualifying speed.
“What was encouraging for me this weekend was the race pace compared to qualifying, and in respect to the other teams around. So I feel pretty comfortable for the race at least.”
On the back of a season’s best run to sixth at last weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix, Schumacher lies tenth in the Drivers’ Championship standings with 14 points.
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