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Michael Schumacher admitted that he didn’t expect Mercedes to improve radically this season, considering the performances of the car in the latter half of the 2012 campaign.
The seven-time world champion retired from Formula 1 last year, in what was a disappointing comeback to the sport wherein he just clinched a single podium in three years.
That was enough for the German to believe that the car wouldn’t make any significant gains this season, only to be proven wrong.
“Where we ended last year, I think it is a surprise to see them now where they are. I didn’t expect that,” Schumacher said in an interview with Eurosport. “I am very happy for them. But it wasn’t to be expected.”
Schumacher, however, dismissed that notion that he would have liked to race this season, considering Mercedes was now winning races on its own accord.
“Honestly, I didn’t have the power, the motivation and the physical strength anymore,” he explained his decision to retire for good. “Because you see this sport is not just the 20 races that you are going to do. You have got to work very hard at home, during the season aside with the team and many other functions you have to be ready for and deal with. It absorbs a lot of energy.
“That’s why I had quit in 2006 for the first time and recovered energy.
“And by the end of the three years (at Mercedes) I had consumed a lot of energy and there wouldn’t have been left enough to perform at that level,” he explained. “I want to compete I just don’t want to be around.”
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