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Schumacher disappointed after Canada woes

Another mechanical problem had a saying in Michael's race. In contrast, his teammate Nico Rosberg had a good outing and finished fifth.
Sunday, June 10, 2012

MONTREAL, June 10, 2012 (AFP) - Michael Schumacher was left disappointed again when his run of bad luck continued on Sunday when he was forced to retire from the Canadian Grand Prix.

The 43-year-old Mercedes driver was in 12th position before a loose hydraulic pipe caused the DRS section of his rear wing to stay open. As a result the German was forced into his fifth retirement in seven races.

"Unfortunately, our weekend in Montreal didn't turn out trouble-free for me and a hydraulic problem with the DRS forced me to end my race early," the seven-time world champion said.

"At first, I didn't know exactly what the problem was. I overshot the corner, ran through the grass and asked myself what was going on. Then the team told me about the problem and I saw it in the mirrors."

The veteran admitted he was disappointed but refused to blame his team.

"Of course it's disappointing for all of us but it's not a question of pointing fingers. Stuff like this happens. I know the team are doing their best and that it probably hits them even harder than me.

"We'll be back on the attack in Valencia."

In contrast, his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg was satisfied after finishing sixth, his fifth consecutive top-10 result.

The 26-year-old said he was pleased with his performance and believes a few more tweaks to his car will enable him to compete with front-runners McLaren, Red Bull and Ferrari.

"Sixth place is a decent result today and it's important for both me and the team to keep scoring points for the championship and maintain our consistency," he said.

"It was a mixed-up race and it was difficult to find a rhythm, particularly at the start, but by the end, the gap to the leading cars was not that big. It could have gone better this weekend, and we just need a little bit more performance to be competing at the front."

Rosberg now ranks fifth in the standings with 67 points while Schumacher lies 18th with two points.

Rosberg in route his 5th place finish.

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