F1: 'I can win F1 title' - Schumacher
Published 27/01/2011 | 16:06
Michael Schumacher has revealed he is "on a mission" to win his eighth Formula One world title, believing 2011 will be his year.
Schumacher's comeback last season did not go according to plan as he appeared a shadow of the driver that won seven championships, in particular his five with Ferrari from 2000-2004.
Joining forces with Mercedes, the car was far from his liking and he not only failed to finish on the podium in the 19 races, the 42-year-old trailed team-mate Nico Rosberg by 70 points.
But with Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn starting development on this year's car, the W02, very early last season, there is hope for Schumacher that he will again be a frontrunner this year.
Asked if he expected to be world champion at the end of the longest campaign in F1 history with 20 races, Schumacher told F1 Racing: "Absolutely.
"Look, we have a three-year project. Very clearly right now, we are not where we want to be. We've put a lot of effort into coming back and are optimistic we have a chance.
"But in the history of Formula One, when does it ever happen that you come back straightaway from this level to win in just one year? Very rarely.
"So I'm sure we can fight for wins this year and we might be able to fight for the championship. I hope so.
"I'm here on a mission and I want to succeed. I want to perform and I'm going to put 100pc into it.
"And if that's not the case in 2011, then we will have to do it in the final year."
Schumacher will be back on track next week in Valencia for the first of the four pre-season tests ahead of the opening grand prix in Bahrain on March 13.