Schumacher 'secretly hoped' to finish higher at Monza

© Ubaid Parkar, 9 September 2012
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A sixth place finish was not what Michael Schumacher had expected considering he had started the Italian Grand Prix from fourth place on Sunday.

The Mercedes driver crossed the finish line three-tenths of a second behind Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen after a hard-fought 53-lap race at Monza giving the German valuable points to add to his tally.

But the seven-time world champion and five-time Italian GP winner was left wanting for more.

"It was a fun race - although I must admit that, following our performance on Friday, I had secretly hoped we would be able to move up the field,” Schumacher said. But we had a tricky first stint.

“After that, everything went really well, we were on the pace and I think we showed a clear upwards trend,” he pointed out. “I kind of ran out of laps this afternoon and, if the race had been a bit longer, I'd have been able to battle even further forward.”

Schumacher finished just ahead of teammate Nico Rosberg, who as his compatriot struggled with the first set of tyres in the opening stint.

“We lost all our time in this phase of the race but, thereafter, the performance of both cars looked good,” confirmed team principal Ross Brawn.

 

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