The Straits Times
Published on Oct 03, 2012

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


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."