Michael Schumacher says he is not disappointed by his start to the Formula 1 season despite having failed to capitalize on the performance of his Mercedes car.
While teammate Nico Rosberg has won a race and scored 41 points in five races, Schumacher counts a couple of 10th places as his best results and has just two points. The seven-time champion says he is not downbeat about the situation, though, and is pleased to have seen Mercedes take a big step toward the front this year.
"I think we have quite a good car, honestly," said Schumacher ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix. "From last year we have made a huge step forward and proven we are able to win races. I have been on the unlucky side.
"We are a team, one big family, and we win and lose together. I don't feel disappointed at all. If anything, the other way around: motivated because of how much progress we have made and I can see the future progress we can make and that is much more in our focus."
Schumacher's chances of a good result in Monaco have already been hit by a five-place grid penalty for having caused an accident with Bruno Senna in Spain (ABOVE). The German is aware that things will be hard for him in the race, but he is looking forward to the excitement to fighting back.
"Basically, I think we are going to be in a position to be competitive as a general track profile," he said. "It will suit us. Let's see from where I manage to qualify and start the race what can be done. It is certainly not ideal, it is what it is, but I will have some excitement, certainly."