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GP Week : Issue 81
Schumi ... happier MICHAEL Schumacher was much more comfortable in the longer wheelbase Mercedes W01, finishing just off the podium. He managed to leapfrog Jenson Button in the first round of pitstops and defended rigorously to keep the McLaren driver at bay for the following laps. Having qualified sixth, he was happy with fourth, saying it was the best result he could hope for: "It's been an OK weekend,"he said. "The car is more normal again." However, he says he's not here to defend. He wants to be on the attack in Monaco: "It was an interesting fight with Jenson but all I could do is try to not give him a possibility to overtake. In the end the gap to the front is just too big to be really happy after this race. For Monaco, we hope that the characteristics of the track will suit our car better." Team-mate Nico Rosberg was nowhere near Schumacher this weekend, having dominated the pair in the opening rounds. He qualified eighth, had a coming together with Robert Kubica which cost him places, and then lost time in the pits after pulling away without his front right wheel-nut tight. But even without the problems, his pace just wasn't there: "We have a good upgrade on the car here which should be improving our performance but it just hasn't worked out for me here," he said. F1 BARCELONA >> Button couldn't find a way past Schumacher ... try the inside, Jenson .... 29