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Schumacher 'won't lose faith' in Mercedes
Michael Schumacher insists that he "won't lose faith" in Mercedes despite suffering a fifth retirement of the season in Montreal.
While Schumacher crashed out of the Spanish Grand Prix, his other four retirements have all been a result of a mechanical or team failure. The lack of reliability has left Schumacher with just two points from the opening seven races, but speaking to his official website he repeated that he was aware such problems were likely to arise in such a close season.
"I wanted to emphasise once again that Formula 1 cars are prototype vehicles and hundreds of components are made specially for them," Schumacher said. "For me, it's completely understandable that things can go wrong from time to time. Of course it was a disappointing outcome in Montreal. But I won't lose my nerve or my faith in the team. I still believe that we will achieve something special together with Mercedes."
Schumacher insisted nobody should be criticised for his recent run of form, and even found a positive in his retirement on Sunday.
"There is no reason to blame anyone - unfortunate circumstances like these are part of motor racing. Indeed, I'm certain it's even tougher for the guys in the team. That's why I sat down with my race engineers immediately after my retirement, to discuss how we should approach the time before the next race and to make sure we stay in close contact over the coming days. Perhaps the only small advantage from the situation was that I managed to beat the traffic to get to the airport. I had already planned to fly back to my family as soon as possible after the race, so at least I was able to get away from the circuit just before the chequered flag was waved."