Schumacher 'secretly' hoped for podium at Monza
10 September 2012 – Michael Schumacher has admitted that he had set his sights on a podium finish in the Italian Grand Prix, for which he started fourth on the grid. Mercedes eventually finished sixth and seventh, leapfrogged by Sergio Pérez and Kimi Räikkönen but taking advantage of retirements for Jenson Button and Sebastian Vettel.
“I kind of ran out of laps and, if the race had been a bit longer, I'd have been able to battle even further forward. Overall, though, we got everything out of it today. Now we need to keep this trend going and everybody in the team is working hard on it.”
As Felipe Massa finished fourth, Schumacher slips back to 11th in the championship.