Schumacher 'more open' after Mercedes stint
7 December 2012 – Michael Schumacher says he matured as a person during his second stint in Formula 1, with the seven-time Champion unable to repeat the success he enjoyed at Benetton and Ferrari. Having previously won 91 races, the German returned with Mercedes in 2010 but could add no more than a podium finish to his records.
Reflecting upon the past three years at the Silver Arrows, Schumacher says he is now 'much more open' in comparison to his title-winning days and has drawn plenty of positives from the experience.
"It has been an interesting time, particularly as a human," Schumacher told German television station RTL. "As a human, if you can go through difficult times and you can still grow and develop yourself, that is what makes you even stronger. That's what I feel.
"I feel like a much more mature person, much more open, much more easygoing than I have ever been before with maybe not having the success that I was wishing for."
During his time at Mercedes, Schumacher claimed one rostrum result and picked up a total of 197 points. He also set the fastest time in qualifying for this year's Monaco Grand Prix, but a pre-event penalty dropped him back to the third row of the grid.