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Formula One: Mercedes boss blames car for Schumacher's slump

Published on Oct 3, 2012 5:47 PM
 
 Mercedes Formula One driver Michael Schumacher of Germany takes off his balaclava after the first practice session of the Monaco F1 Grand Prix in Monte Carlo May 13, 2010. Schumacher's departure from the Mercedes Formula One team was sealed on Sept 28, 2012 after the seven-times world champion recorded only one podium finish since his comeback in 2010. Schumacher, 43, the sport's most successful driver with a record 91 Grand Prix victories, will be replaced in 2013 by Lewis Hamilton, who has signed a three-year deal with the British-based team. Mercedes boss Dieter Zetsche has insisted Michael Schmacher's disappointing return to Formula One has been due to their underperforming car and not the driver. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BERLIN (AFP) - Mercedes boss Dieter Zetsche has insisted Michael Schmacher's disappointing return to Formula One has been due to their underperforming car and not the driver.

Schumacher, 43, returned to F1 in 2010 after a four-year hiatus, but the seven-time world champion has failed to make an impact on the world drivers' championships.

"We have not been able to provide both drivers (Schumacher and team-mate Nico Rosberg) in the past three years with a car that was able to win the majority of races," Mr Zetsche, the head of Mercedes-Benz, told today's edition of German daily Bild.

"With the engine we were competitive, but not with the car. And it would be completely wrong to reproach either Nico Rosberg or Michael Schumacher."

 
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