Schumacher happy with results so far

SEPANG - Michael Schumacher says he is happy with how his comeback has gone after the season's opening two races and vowed that it will get better.

SEPANG - Michael Schumacher says he is happy with how his comeback has gone after the season's opening two races and vowed that it will get better.

The seven-time world champion came out of his three-year retirement to race for Mercedes GP this year but has so far been out-qualified and outraced by teammate Nico Rosberg. However, the 41-year-old German said he had taken a lot of plus points out of the season so far.

"I have taken a lot of positives from the race weekend in Melbourne," he said, despite finishing 10th in Australia after his car came to grief with Fernando Alonso's Ferrari on the first lap.

"While that might not be evident at first sight, when you look into the weekend more deeply, we did make some real improvements and have good reasons to be satisfied.

"Analysing qualifying, both Nico and I could have been two or three places higher and with hindsight, my set-up was too conservative and too much focused on the race.

"Those better positions would have enabled us to fight closer to the front on Sunday."

Schumacher, who has won 91 races and who will start his 252nd Grand Prix in Malaysia on Sunday, said all this boded well for Sepang.

"All of this means that we are not too far away and I am quite confident that there will be more to come," he said. "Going to Malaysia this weekend, we know that we have clearly improved our pace since Bahrain, which is a good feeling.

"It was a lot of fun fighting it out on the track in Melbourne, even if it was just for one point, and I will enjoy fighting again in Sepang."

Team boss Ross Brawn said they were working on improving Schumacher and Rosberg's cars and was hopeful that they could challenge on Sunday. - Sapa-AFP

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