Schumacher expects podiums in 2011 - lots of them


After a comeback season that seemed to raise more questions than answers, Michael Schumacher believes 2011 will see Mercedes fighting for top F1 honours.

The seven-times world champion was talking at the launch of the the new Mercedes MGP WO2 ahead of testing at Valencia this week (footage of the launch below). The wraps came off the car that boss Ross Brawn and his team has been working on for more than a year.

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Michael Schumacher during the official presentation of the Mercedes Formula One Team 2011 at the Ricardo Tormo race track in Cheste, just outside Valencia Spain.

Mercedes Grand Prix Formula One driver Michael Schumacher of Germany, Mercedes Grand Prix Formula One driver Nico Rosberg of Germany and team principal Ross Brawn pose with the new F1 Mercedes GP W02 during the official presentation of the Mercedes Formula One Team 2011 at the Ricardo Tormo race track in Cheste, just outside Valencia Spain.

Michael Schumacher of Mercedes GP with Ross Brawn Mercedes GP Team Principal and Nico Rosberg and the new Mercedes GP MGP W02.

Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher of Mercedes GP unveil the new Mercedes GP MGP W02.

Mercedes Grand Prix Formula One driver Michael Schumacher of Germany leaves the pits during a test session at the Ricardo Tormo race track in Cheste, just outside Valencia Spain.

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Schumacher, who celebrated his 42nd birthday in January, reckons the new car, which bears little resemblance to its predecessor, will bring its rewards.

"I am very confident that this season we will be standing on the podium much more regularly - ideally in the middle," he told Motorsport news. "we have said it several times already but again, we are building up something big together."

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Michael Schumacher during the official presentation of the Mercedes Formula One Team 2011 at the Ricardo Tormo race track in Cheste, just outside Valencia Spain.

Mercedes Grand Prix Formula One driver Michael Schumacher of Germany, Mercedes Grand Prix Formula One driver Nico Rosberg of Germany and team principal Ross Brawn pose with the new F1 Mercedes GP W02 during the official presentation of the Mercedes Formula One Team 2011 at the Ricardo Tormo race track in Cheste, just outside Valencia Spain.

Michael Schumacher of Mercedes GP with Ross Brawn Mercedes GP Team Principal and Nico Rosberg and the new Mercedes GP MGP W02.

Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher of Mercedes GP unveil the new Mercedes GP MGP W02.

Mercedes Grand Prix Formula One driver Michael Schumacher of Germany leaves the pits during a test session at the Ricardo Tormo race track in Cheste, just outside Valencia Spain.

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