BARCELONA, May 19, 2011 (AFP) - Michael Schumacher insisted on Thursday that he had no regrets about returning to Formula One with Mercedes.
After a disappointing result at the Turkish Grand Prix in which he finished 12th and was involved in a collision with Renault's Vitaly Petrov, the 42-year-old German talked of losing his joy - a comment that sparked speculation suggesting he was ready to retire again.
The seven times world champion claimed that his comments in Istanbul had been blown out of proportion and maintained that he was in a positive mood ahead of this Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix.
"If you saw the whole interview then it should have been very clear that this was meant for this race (Turkey)," he said. "Having a car that was capable of fifth and sixth, and deducting all the unnecessary bits in the first two laps, I would have been most likely sixth and not being there, that is obviously not the biggest fun.
"It is no different to any other event, if you think anything has changed in myself, no. That is certainly not the case. "Even doing that race, I enjoyed part of that race, with the overtaking and the action I had, but then the result I certainly did not enjoy. I had no issues and no problem with anything that is coming up ahead of me now."
Schumacher said he was not concerned by the media speculation surrounding his comments in Istanbul. "Naturally you prefer not to have unnecessary critics," he said.
"But that is part of our life. I have been through this so often, and after every storm the sun always comes out."
However, Schumacher qualified a second slower than his team-mate and fellow German Nico Rosberg in Istanbul, and admitted that he was still not feeling 100 per cent.
"Certainly I need to change something in a way that avoids the mistake that I did in Turn 1 in Turkey, that leads to other things you do over the edge. If you are in the flow and everything is right then you feel it, I am aware and I know that I am able to do this. But I know you have to pull it in the right moment of time and that success rate is not yet 100 per cent."