Re-energised Schumacher starts third
24 March 2012 – A refreshed Michael Schumacher will be McLaren’s closest challenger at the start of Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix. The seven-time World Champion, who is the winningest driver at Sepang with three victories to his name, starts third for Mercedes.
“This was the maximum that was available,” he said, having returned to the FIA press conference with the two McLaren drivers. “We managed to work the car very well over the whole weekend.
“We showed potential in Australia, but not so much in the race so the focus was to find the best compromise; I guess we have achieved this and if you look at how everything is going we can be very happy and look forward to tomorrow. I guess all of us have certain concerns because those temperatures are pretty new to us.
“We have had some preparation yesterday and we learned in Australia. The boys have done a superb job and I’m more than happy about how we understand the car. I look forward to tomorrow.”
Team-mate Nico Rosberg starts seventh, moving up one spot thanks to Kimi Räikkönen’s five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change.