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Schumacher shrugs off criticism

ESPNF1 Staff
June 25, 2010 « Rosberg sets early Valencia pace | »
Michael Schumacher is staying focused on the job in hand © Getty Images

Michael Schumacher has accused the British press of exaggerating their criticisms in the wake of his performance in the Canadian Grand Prix.

His former team-mate and BBC commentator Martin Brundle said Schumacher drove "appallingly badly" in Montreal, while fellow BBC commentators Eddie Jordan and David Coulthard also criticised the seven-time world champion.

"I don't take them seriously because there are different elements to Formula One, and one part is showbusiness," Schumacher said in Valencia

He added he is "quite happy" with his return to F1 so far, and Mercedes team chief executive Nick Fry said he is doing "an excellent job despite what I understand has been said about Michael".

"All in all," argued Schumacher, "I don't think there are many guys around the world who, at 41, come back after a three-year break and compete at this high a level."