Schumacher Happy with Podium

World champion Michael Schumacher said he was far from unhappy about losing out to Kimi Raikkonen in the Hungarian Grand Prix

Schumacher Happy with Podium

The Ferrari driver did not have the pace to match his McLaren rival during the Hungaroring race, and his only hope of victory would have been to stay ahead of the Finn during the pitstops because of how hard it is to overtake there.

But although in the end Schumacher's pace dropped off as the race progressed, dropping him back into the clutches of Toyota's Ralf Schumacher, he believed Ferrari had plenty of reasons to be happy.

"Well, actually I was pretty happy with the pace we were able to run (in the early stages), there wasn't that much between us considering that he stopped earlier so he was lighter at that stage," said Schumacher.

"It seemed pretty similar but with time our tyres sort of went slower. Staying in front after the first pit stop I saw he was coming and he was then quicker but not quick enough to get by us and it was only about who would stop when and we were obviously hoping they would stop in front of us.

"But they managed to stay out one more lap and that moved the race towards them. I think if we would have been able to stay in front after the pit stops, because it is so difficult to pass, we might have had a chance but we will never find out.

"It was a good race, anyway, for us. From where we came, to finish second, we are pretty happy on that, we had a good weekend and to finish second is a good motivation for everyone in the team. Hard work for all of them in the last few months and a little payback."

Although Schumacher came under pressure from his brother in the closing stages he insisted that he had the situation under control - having looked after his tyres once he realised he could not challenge Raikkonen.

"Obviously our tyres started to get slower and I watched out for the tyres as soon as I knew I couldn't do anything against Juan and Kimi," he said. "At that stage I just preserved the tyres and drove as quickly as I needed to drive.

"As I said it is so difficult to overtake and by the end of the race everybody's tyres are a bit down and it is even more difficult so I just went as quick as I had to, Ralf was quicker but not quick enough to pass here."

Despite helping Ferrari to their most convincing weekend performance of the season, including Indianapolis, Schumacher believed that it was too early to say the team were back in the fight at the front of the grid.

"Well, for here it was certainly a step in the right direction," he explained. "We have to confirm that it is the case at different places, but nevertheless it is very clear where we have to improve and we will keep on working, but it is obviously good that we seem to be alright in qualifying and the initial performance whereas before we were not.
 
"So it is going in the right direction."

shares
comments
Raikkonen Revives Title Hopes
Previous article

Raikkonen Revives Title Hopes

Next article

Ralf Praises Toyota's Strategy

Ralf Praises Toyota's Strategy
Why there was no case to answer in Aston’s latest F1 copycat saga Plus

Why there was no case to answer in Aston’s latest F1 copycat saga

The appearance of a revised Aston Martin in Spain caused controversy but PAT SYMONDS explains why the FIA investigation found the Silverstone team had no case to answer

Why it's Red Bull that really leads a three-way fight so far at Silverstone Plus

Why it's Red Bull that really leads a three-way fight so far at Silverstone

After a slow start to Friday at Silverstone, all the Formula 1 teams had to effectively cram in a day’s worth of practice into one hour. But there was still plenty to learn and while Ferrari topped the times, a three-way battle is brewing ahead of the British Grand Prix

Formula 1
Jul 2, 2022
Why the future is bright for the British GP Plus

Why the future is bright for the British GP

It wasn’t so long ago the situation looked bleak at Silverstone with the future of the British Grand Prix under threat. But a transformation has seen it restored to one of the most important races on the Formula 1 calendar, with bigger and better to come

Formula 1
Jul 1, 2022
Could mixed fortunes for F1's leading Brits turn around at Silverstone? Plus

Could mixed fortunes for F1's leading Brits turn around at Silverstone?

For the first time in many years, none of the local racers starts among the favourites for the British Grand Prix. But George Russell, Lewis Hamilton and Lando Norris could have reasons for optimism

Formula 1
Jun 30, 2022
Verstappen exclusive: Why F1’s champion isn’t fazed by Silverstone return Plus

Verstappen exclusive: Why F1’s champion isn’t fazed by Silverstone return

Max Verstappen is the world’s number one racing driver… and he’s determined to keep it that way. Speaking exclusively to GP Racing's OLEG KARPOV, the Red Bull driver explains why he’s relishing the 2022 championship battle with Charles Leclerc – and why he’s not worried about returning to Silverstone, the scene of the biggest accident of his career last year

Formula 1
Jun 30, 2022
Why Red Bull’s RB17 hypercar can help its F1 team Plus

Why Red Bull’s RB17 hypercar can help its F1 team

On Tuesday, Red Bull laid out its plans to develop and build a new hypercar - the RB17 - penned by Adrian Newey. As the project itself sates Newey as a creative outlet, it also offers Red Bull's Formula 1 team a number of new and exciting avenues to pursue

Formula 1
Jun 29, 2022
What to expect from Mercedes as F1 returns to Silverstone Plus

What to expect from Mercedes as F1 returns to Silverstone

OPINION: The British Grand Prix is a home event for Lewis Hamilton and George Russell, with their Mercedes team based just a few miles away too. But there’s another reason why the Silver Arrows squad is eager to arrive at Silverstone this weekend, which may help it fix its remaining problems with its 2022 Formula 1 challenger

Formula 1
Jun 29, 2022
The “solemn promise” that cost quiet hero Brooks an F1 title Plus

The “solemn promise” that cost quiet hero Brooks an F1 title

After two terrifying crashes, one of the best British racers of the 1950s retired before his career peaked. But that’s why GP Racing’s MAURICE HAMILTON was able to speak to Tony Brooks in 2014. Like his friend Stirling Moss, Brooks was regarded as one of the best drivers never to have won the world championship. Here, as our tribute to Brooks who died last month, is that interview in full

Formula 1
Jun 27, 2022