Mercedes GP CEO: Schumacher's "Sparkle" Is Back

Mercedes GP CEO Nick Fry believes that Schumacher’ fourth place finish in Spain shows the German is back on track after the disappointing Chinese Grand Prix.

"The sparkle is back," Fry answered when asked by Autosport if Schumacher was like his normal self again. "I think in China he was perplexed - that is the best word to use. I don't think he really understood or we really understood why he had the problems he did, and that is always a major concern,” Fry added.

The Brit also said that in Spain Schumacher was a different man. “Right from the beginning of Friday in Spain he was on it right from the start, and listening on the radio to Michael, there is the confidence back in his voice. He knows exactly what he wants from the car and he got all that could be had,” Fry said.

"He was concerned after China, because we didn't understand what happened. He spent a day at the factory with his engineers and he spent a day out cycling with them, and I think they worked on some things together. We are back on track with him," Mercedes GP CEO added.

But despite Schumacher's revival, Fry admitted that the difference in pace to race winner Mark Webber was a cause for concern, with Schumacher being more than one minute behind at the chequered flag.

"When you finish a minute behind it is incredibly disappointing and the reality is that we have a lot of work to do. I frankly wouldn't expect the Red Bull to have such an advantage on other circuits, and I think this one particularly suited it. But even if it hasn't got that level of advantage, it has certainly got half a second on us and that is a lot to make up - so there is a lot of work to be done over the next month or so," Fry said.
If you liked the article, please follow us:  Google News icon Google News Youtube Instagram

Would you like AUTOEVOLUTION to send you notifications?

You will only receive our top stories