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Schumacher fully focused on Valencia fightback

ESPN Staff
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Michael Schumacher's DRS system jammed in Canada © Sutton Images

Michael Schumacher heads to Valencia for round eight of the FIA Formula One World Championship armed with a new motto - "roll our sleeves up and focus on the job in hand".

Schumacher endured a frustrating Canadian Grand Prix, having been forced into an early retirement with a hydraulics issue. And although he has yet again been outshone by his younger team-mate for the main part of the season, the seven-time world champion is determined to get back on track.

"Our entire focus is now on the race in Valencia, and I am sure that everybody's motivation is even stronger because the weekend in Canada didn't go as well as we had hoped," said Schumacher. "Our motto in the last few days has been to roll our sleeves up and focus on the job in hand; everybody in the team has taken that approach to heart, so we can travel to Valencia in an optimistic mood.

"The harbour area is particularly nice and, given its location, the circuit is also really interesting, so let's see how we can perform there. You can still feel some of the atmosphere from the America's Cup in Valencia, which makes this race a special event that we always enjoy taking part in."

Team-mate Nico Rosberg, who was sixth in Canada to consolidate fifth in the drivers' standings, visited the Mercedes factory this week to check on improvements for Valancia.

"I was at the factory this week and I know how hard everyone is working to improve the car, so we will hope for a strong weekend in Valencia to repay all of their efforts."