Valencia backs up trust in Schumacher, says Brawn
25 June 2012 – Ross Brawn was delighted to see Michael Schumacher claim a first Mercedes podium in Valencia, with this having been the 100th race since his last for Ferrari at the Chinese Grand Prix of 2006. Furthermore, the Team Principal is convinced that the seven-time Champion can still perform at the top, provided he has the right equipment.
Schumacher, who started from 12th place on the grid, put on a late-race surge as he stormed past numerous rivals; just after overhauling the Force India of compatriot Nico Hülkenberg, the podium place was gift-wrapped when Lewis Hamilton and Pastor Maldonado collided.
“The early part of the race was quite difficult for us and our early strategy did not come together as the tyres behaved differently to our pre-race predictions; so we had to react and we did so extremely well, leaving our stops as late as possible to give our guys fresh rubber at the end. It was such an exciting end to the race and I am very proud of both of our drivers, everyone here in Valencia and back at our factories in Brackley and Brixworth.”
The rostrum result was the 155th of Schumacher’s Grand Prix career.