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Schumacher will use rest of season to prepare for 2011

Michael Schumacher
Michael Schumacher is already focusing on next season

Michael Schumacher has admitted he is using the remainder of the 2010 season to prepare for 2011.

Schumacher's Mercedes team have struggled to match the pace set by rivals McLaren and Red Bull this year.

The seven-time world champion is ninth in the standings and without a podium finish since returning to Formula One at the start of the campaign.

Schumacher, who retired in 2006, said: "At some point you understand that your package is where it is."

The German continued: "From there on you have to do a certain programme and process and that's what we are going through."

Schumacher has also admitted that it is unlikely that he will be able to compete for the world drivers' title.

"Sometimes you have these very special races and moments where things really fit together perfectly and we are not there yet, I know I am coming there, " he reflected.


However, with 12 races remaining, Schumacher has refused to count himself out of the running entirely, but conceded that his main focus will be on preparing for next year.

"The year is still long. I don't think on my side that I'm really in a position to win the championship, it's more building up and organising things for what happens from next year onwards. But you never know, it's still a long year with many points to give."

Schumacher stated that he is happy with his Mercedes team and the progress that they have made since the winter testing.

"We are in a build-up process with the team that is going extremely well," he commented.

"I'm very happy with how we work together, how we progress. We don't have the package to be in front right now, and after winter testing it was not expected to be. But when I see where we are going, it's very good."

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