• Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Schumacher suffers late puncture

ESPNF1 Staff
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Michael Schumacher was forced to hold off Adrian Sutil late in the race © Getty Images

Michael Schumacher said that a slow puncture slowed him towards the end of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, causing him to have to abandon his car at the end of the race.

Schumacher finished the race in seventh place but came under pressure from Adrian Sutil in the final stint on medium tyres as he struggled to match the pace of his team-mate NIco Rosberg. Schumacher attributed that to a slow puncture, and also said he was struggling with the balance throughout because he lost "some small parts of the car" during the race.

"A reasonable race today and some reasonable points I would say," Schumacher said. "Considering that we did not manage to find the perfect balance yesterday, we managed to get the maximum out of our situation today. But then, I did lose some small parts of the car which cost us some balance, and towards the end I had a slow puncture, which is why I had to park my car at turn two.

Schumacher also suffered slightly for pace early on, but he said that was a result of starting the grand prix in worn tyres.

"The tyres gave up rather early in the first stint but that was due to our tyre strategy yesterday when we wanted to save a fresh set for the race. I therefore had quite used tyres for the start. We now have to look into the data and make sure we are well prepared for the last race of the season which we want to finish as well as possible."