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MercedesMercedes-BenzGermany, 1924 > present thinks that after Schumacher's podium at Valencia, it has finally solved the W03'sMercedes-Benz W03Germany, 2012 > 2012 reliability problem. The team thinks that it is highly possible for Schumacher to win more podiums this season and maybe even pull a lucky win.
"His lack of results this season are not down to the driver, and in fairness to him he could have definitely had in excess of 60 or 70 points if we would not have had technical issues - which would have been good for him and good for us in the constructors' championship. We did not get it because we got it wrong. In the third year we are still learning. But considering we have quite a limited budget compared to the others, all in all the job we have done and the direction is good," said Mercedes Motorsport boss Norbert Haug.
Before this weekend, Schumacher had had 10th place finishes at the Malaysian Grand Prix and Bahrain Grand Prix scoring him a total of two championship points. He had retired from every other race this season.
"Michael is a great sportsman, and this is even more demonstrated in his second career that he is really open, and open to critical questions. He is a really balanced guy, and a guy who everybody who could look up to because he did not criticize us, did not make any public noises, and he was genuinely pleased in Valencia. He could have said: 'I won 91 races, why should I be happy," said Haug.
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