Schumacher retired in 2006 after winning a record 91 races
Seven-time Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher has insisted that he still has a grip on the sport despite his 10th-placed finish in Australia.
It followed the 41-year-old's sixth place in Bahrain in his comeback race after three years in retirement.
But the Mercedes driver revealed he is feeling positive ahead of Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix.
"We are not too far away and I am quite confident there will be more to come," Schumacher wrote on his website.
The German's 25-year-old team-mate Nico Rosberg finished fifth in Australia - ahead of him for the second time in two races.
And Schumacher was a minute behind winner Jenson Button, overtaken by F1 rookie Lucas di Grassi after five laps and trailed another newcomer Jaime Alguersuari for 22 laps.
Despite his poor showing, Schumacher still took the positives from his race weekend.
He added: "Of course that does not show at first sight but looking into our weekend more deeply, I find we did improve quite well and have a good reason to be quite satisfied - just not from the pure result obviously."
Schumacher had to fight back from last place in Albert Park when he had to pit at the end of the first lap to replace a broken front wing and he also felt that his race had been compromised by problems in qualifying.
"I think both Nico and me could have been ranked two to three positions better," he said.
"I had a too conservative set-up in the end which was too much concentrated towards the race, plus I had a tear-off strip stuck in my front wing which, too, cost me some time.
"And going into the race from those better positions would have meant fighting for the podium."
Rosberg was seen by many as having outclassed the German legend on the track in Melbourne, yet Schumacher was optimistic for Sepang and insisted he was enjoying their rivalry.
"Going to Malaysia we know that clearly we improved our pace since Bahrain, which is a good feeling," he said.
"It was a lot of fun fighting in Melbourne, even if it was just for one point, and I will enjoy fighting again in Sepang.
"We would like to show another good race."