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.
“Congratulations to Michael and the team on a fantastic and well-deserved podium finish,” says Brawn, who first worked with Schumacher in F1 at Benetton in the early 1990s. “Michael demonstrated today that, if we can give him the opportunities, he will get a great result. Well done to Nico (Rosberg) as well. He was in quite a difficult position at one stage but came back and gave the team a really strong points score.
“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.