Michael Schumacher says he is eager to return to the podium as soon as possible now that he has a car capable of fighting for victory.
Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg scored the team's first win of the season in China, giving the German squad its first victory as a team since the 1955 season. Schumacher said ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix that Mercedes has had to revise its goals for the year after the victory, having started 2012 thinking that it would take longer for it to return to winning ways.
"Whether I have been winning or not winning any podium or good result is welcome at any time, that is the same," said Schumacher during a press conference in Barcelona. "We started this project with a different perspective, but you have to look at the reality – and the reality is that we have a car that can be on the podium and can win races, so the sooner the better."
Schumacher said last week's test at Mugello had been very helpful for the team to continue to make progress in understanding this year's tires.
"In the first few races we understood our strengths and our weaknesses but to understand how to fix our weaknesses... that is what the Mugello test was important for. So we were able to work the car under no race conditions and just to work specific programs and to learn about this car and it was very helpful."