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Brawn apologises to Schumacher for failure

ESPN Staff
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Michael Schumacher's race came to a premature end when his DRS stuck open © Sutton Images

Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn has apologised to Michael Schumacher after another mechanical failure forced his retirement from the Canadian Grand Prix.

Schumacher has now retired from five of the opening seven grands prix, with four of those being down to failures outside of his control after his DRS jammed open in Montreal. Brawn explained what the issue was after the race and said that while the afternoon may not have been going to plan he was sorry that Schumacher's bad luck was continuing.

"Michael was caught in a train of cars in the lower half of the top ten, and although we tried something different by stopping early in order to get him into clean air, it didn't quite work for us," Brawn said. "He then suffered a hydraulic issue which left his DRS jammed open and it was not possible to fix it in race conditions. I can only apologise to Michael for a further technical failure."

Schumacher himself failed to blame the team and retained a positive outlook, but also revealed that he was unaware of the problem until he ran off-track at turn nine.

"Unfortunately, our weekend in Montreal didn't turn out trouble-free for me and a hydraulic problem with the DRS forced me to end my race early," Schumacher said. "At first, I didn't know exactly what the problem was; I overshot the corner, ran through the grass and asked myself what was going on. Then the team told me about the problem and I saw it in the mirrors. Of course it's disappointing for all of us but it's not a question of pointing fingers; stuff like this happens. I know the team are doing their best and that it probably hits them even harder than me. We'll be back on the attack in Valencia."