• Bahrain Grand Prix

Schumacher focuses on positives after tough weekend

ESPNF1 Staff
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Michael Schumacher picked his way through the field on Sunday © Sutton Images
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Michael Schumacher said there were positives to be drawn from his 10th-place finish at the Bahrain Grand Prix after he started from 22nd on the grid.

Schumacher qualified 18th and then took a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change. He came through the field on a three-stop strategy to take his second point of the season and said he is now looking forward to the next time he will be in the car at the in-season test at Mugello.

"Considering where I started the race today, it's a positive that I was able to fight up to 10th place, score a point and finish a dry race this season," he said. "The tyres obviously played a large part in the race today, and in the conditions here, we had to adapt the driving style to keep the tyres together. It will be good to have the time now before Barcelona to sort out some issues and prepare our updates for the test days in Mugello."

Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn admitted his team did not optimise its cars' set-up this weekend, but said he was happy nonetheless.

"Michael did well to recover a point in 10th place, considering that he started at the back of the grid in 22nd. We saw again today that if you get the car right on the day, it makes a great deal of difference, with Red Bull and Lotus clearly getting their cars in better shape than we did. We will learn more lessons from today, however we made the best of what we had so I'm reasonably happy. Now we can look forward to some time back at the factory to improve the car before the next race."