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Schumacher positive after F1 return


Michael Schumacher was left with a "positive" feeling from his sixth-place finish at the Bahrain Grand Prix, although the Mercedes driver admits he still needs to adapt his driving style if his Formula One comeback is going to succeed.

The seven-time champion started seventh and had an error-free drive as he finished 44 seconds behind race winner Fernando Alonso of Ferrari in his first race since 2006. Teammate Nico Rosberg finished fifth.

"All in all I have a positive feeling after my first race," Schumacher said Sunday. "Especially at the start after I was a little bit cornered, but it worked well."

Schumacher believed new regulations played a big part in his performance as several drivers said that a refueling ban had cut overtaking opportunities - just the opposite of what F1's rule makers had intended.

"Overtaking is basically impossible, other than if somebody makes a mistake," said the 41-year-old, who was also getting used to smaller front tyres and a narrower chassis. "There is the new rules with the tyres that everybody has to cope with. I struggled a little bit with those but after three years of not being there I guess it is natural. For my style of driving - I have to adapt that."

Schumacher expects further aerodynamic upgrades and a lot more wind tunnel testing in the meantime if Mercedes is to narrow the gap to the leaders.

"We came in roughly where we expected to come in," Schumacher said. "Clearly Red Bull and Ferrari are ahead of us at the moment."

McLaren's 2008 world champion, Lewis Hamilton, finished third, 21 seconds ahead of Schumacher.

-sapa-ap-


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