Michael Schumacher’s dismal run continued after he retired for the fifth time in seven races this season but steered clear from blaming his team.
The Mercedes driver has scored a paltry two points – with two tenth place finishes – and is woefully behind in the championship with reliability issues contributing to four of his DNFs.
His latest retirement came at the Canadian Grand Prix after he was forced to retire with his rear wing flap stuck open due to a hydraulic failure.
“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,” Schumacher said. “Then the team told me about the problem and I saw it in the mirrors.
“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,” added the seven-time world champion.
Schumacher is a lowly 18th in the championship while teammate Nico Rosberg – who finished sixth in Canada - has scored 67 points in the last five races; the equal highest of any driver in the field.