Schumacher vows to ‘fight for wins this year and fight for championship’

Friday, January 28, 2011

LONDON - Seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher believes that 2011 will be his year.

Schumacher had a nightmare return to F1 with Mercedes team in 2010, and had finished 10th in the drivers’ standings.

It was the first season since his debut season in 1991 that the 42-year-old finished without a win, pole position, podium or fastest lap.

“We have a three-year project. In the history of F1 when does it ever happen that you come back to win in one year? We can fight for wins this year and fight for the championship,” the Sun quoted Schumacher, as saying.

“I’m here on a mission and I want to succeed. I want to perform and I’m going to put 100 per cent into it,” he added.

Schumacher will be back on track next week in Valencia for the first of the four pre-season tests ahead of the opening Grand Prix in Bahrain on March 13.

The 42-year-old had retired from F1 in 2006, but stayed with Ferrari as an advisor.

After an earlier attempted comeback for Ferrari as cover for the injured Felipe Massa, Schumacher had signed a three-year contract with Mercedes team from 2010. (ANI)

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