Michael Schumacher Looking To Win In 2011

Michael Schumacher, following a disappointing showing in 2010, will look to regain some of his old form in 2011 and so far so good for the seven-time world champion.

It certainly was not a season to remember for Michael Schumacher and his Mercedes GP Formula One team. The seven-time world champion came back, after one of the most successful careers in racing, only to struggle in each and every race with an uncompetitive car and perhaps, a little rust.

Last season, the Mercedes GP car struggled to keep pace with the likes of Red Bull, McLaren and Ferrari. That being said, Schumacher’s teammate Nico Rosberg managed a few podiums here and there, so perhaps the car wasn’t completely to blame.

Whatever it was that caused the dismal 2010 showing for Michael Schumacher, the German driver isn’t holding back this year. With the new W02 chassis under him, Schumacher managed to set the fastest time of the four-day test session at the Circuit de Catalunya.

"The team has been working very hard over the winter to shape our car in all of the areas which had been identified by us as needing improvement," he said to Sky Sports.

"The data I have seen over the winter had been quite encouraging, but then we all know the realities of data and the race track can be quite different.”

The Mercedes GP team is used to winning, despite the fact that this is only their second season in Formula One. Previously, before the car was painted in silver, the team went by the name Brawn GP and anybody that follows Formula One will know what happened with that team and their driver Jenson Button.

Button, with teammate Rubens Barrichello at his side, dominated the 2009 season, which resulted in a world driver’s championship for Button and a world constructor’s championship for the team.

With the opening salvo of the 2011 season nearing, Michael Schumacher, as well as Mercedes GP, is getting ready to restore some honor to the team.

“I am confident we can compete for podium finishes and I am hopeful we can fight for victories at some of the races," said the German.

[Sky Sports]

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