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Michael Schumacher still has what it takes to win in F1, despite his poor run of form in 2012. That is the firm opinion of Mercedes Team Principal Ross Brawn, with the seven-time World Champion having faced much criticism since the Hungarian Grand Prix.
In Budapest, Schumacher parked his car one row further back on the grid than he should have, then switched off his engine through confusion at the consequential aborted start. He later retired for the sixth time this season, resulting in more condemnation for the German despite all of his problems bar one having been purely technical so far this year.
“Well, you could argue what luck is,” Brawn told the official F1 website. “It was very unlucky for Michael - the problems that he had - but these problems have had a cause. There has been a reason why they’ve occurred, which has nothing to do with Michael. It just occurred on his car and you categorically can’t see any reasons why they occurred on Michael’s car, but they have.
"So the fact is that something went wrong - and when something goes wrong it’s the responsibility of me and the team to not allow it to go wrong again.”
Mercedes are keen to retain Schumacher for a fourth season in 2013 and it is heavily suspected that the 43-year-old will make his decision during the current summer break.
“Very professional, very committed, good attitude, speed, work very well in the team, work well together as a pairing - which is not always easy with drivers - and I believe both are more than capable of winning races if we provide the equipment,” Brawn added of both Schumacher and team-mate Nico Rosberg. “That is all that you can ask from a driver.”
In Valencia for the European Grand Prix six weeks ago, Schumacher picked up his first podium finish since winning the Chinese Grand Prix for Ferrari in October 2006.
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