• Spanish Grand Prix

Schumacher seeks better balance

ESPNF1 Staff
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Sixth place was Michael Schumacher's best result of the season © Sutton Images

Michael Schumacher says his Mercedes was tricky to drive after finishing sixth at the Spanish Grand Prix.

Having started tenth, Schumacher made a strong start to pass his team-mate and in the first lap in sixth position. Despite being unable to defend from Jenson Button, he got the better of Vitaly Petrov to finish the race with solid points, and said that the team had got the best out of the performance of the car in the circumstances.

"We managed to make the most out of our possibilities today which is good news, especially for our guys who I am happy for," Schumacher said. "I had a good start; going right through the middle was tight but fortunately it worked out. Then the race was about holding position from there.

"We can be happy with the result but other than that, it was just tricky with oversteer, tyre degradation and poor balance to deal with. Still we achieved what we could have, and I look forward to going to Monaco."