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I have come back to be No.1 again, says Schumacher

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Greater Noida: Legendary Formula One racing driver Michael Schumacher Thursday said his comeback stint has not been to his expectations, though his intention was to be the No.1 again.

The 42-year-old German, who returned last year with Mercedes Benz, said winning races was his target, but he hasn’t tasted success yet.

“I have not met my expectations since my comeback in 2010. We all had different expectations, winning races was my target and that has not been achieved. All in the team (including team principal Ross Brawn) have tasted success in the past,” said Schumacher.

The seven-time World Champion retired from Formula One driving in 2006 and stayed with Ferrari as an advisor. He decided to return mid-way through 2009 as a replacement for Ferrari’s badly injured Felipe Massa, but a neck injury prevented his return.

Schumacher, who still holds the record for most wins (13) in a season (2004), said he returned to the sport to become No.1 and is working towards it.

“We all know what winning feels like and that is the only thing we want to taste. I came back only to be at the top and we are working towards that,” he said.

Looking forward to

meet Sachin

They are friends but Michael Schumacher does not quite remember when was the last time he and Sachin Tendulkar met each other and the German Formula One legend wants to catch up with the cricketing icon while being here for the Indian Grand Prix.

The two grabbed quite a few headlines in 2002 when Schumacher gifted the keys of a Ferrari to Tendulkar after the Indian equalled Sir Donald Bradman’s tally of 29 Test centuries.

“Even I don’t remember when was the last time we met but I am looking forward to meet him,” said Schumacher who is in the capital for this Sunday’s Indian GP.

Tendulkar, an avid F1 fan, has already stated that he would be supporting the Vijay Mallya-owned Force India during the Indian GP.

“I am excited about Indian GP F1 race. I will support the Force India team. I have friends like Michael Schumacher but I will support Force India because that is the Indian team and country comes first,”Sachin said. (Agencies)

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