Michael Schumacher remains upbeat

Michael Schumacher
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Michael Schumacher is confident that Mercedes can get points on the board in the Malaysian Grand Prix this Sunday.

Mercedes driver Michael Schumacher has claimed that he is looking forward to competing in this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix, despite disappointment in Australia.

The seven-time world champion was forced to retire in lap 11 in Melbourne due to a problem with his car's gearbox.

Schumacher's fellow countryman Nico Rosberg also failed to put points on the board, which meant that last weekend's race was the fourth time in 39 Grands Prix that Mercedes missed out on any points.

"Overall it is a big challenge for man and machine," said Schumacher. "I'm looking forward to it, despite the disappointment of how the first race turned out.

"I've a big sense of anticipation. We saw in Australia our car is capable of putting us in the mix.

"Of course, we haven't forgotten the circuit in Melbourne is not really representative of the true competitive picture. But nevertheless the car gives me a good feeling for the season ahead."

Meanwhile, McLaren driver Jenson Button kicked off the new season with a victory in Australia.

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2Mercedes99
3Red Bull47
4Force India17
5Williams-Mercedes16
6Toro Rosso12
7Haas8
8Renault2
9Sauber0
10McLaren0
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1Sebastian VettelFerrari68
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes61
3Valtteri BottasMercedes38
4Kimi RaikkonenFerrari34
5Max VerstappenRed Bull25
6Daniel RicciardoRed Bull22
7Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes16
8Sergio PerezForce India14
9Carlos SainzToro Rosso10
10Kevin MagnussenHaas4
11Romain GrosjeanHaas4
12Esteban OconForce India3
13Nico HulkenbergRenault2
14Daniil KvyatToro Rosso2
15Fernando AlonsoMcLaren0
16Marcus EricssonSauber0
17Antonio GiovinazziSauber0
18Jolyon PalmerRenault0
19Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren0
20Pascal WehrleinSauber0
21Lance StrollWilliams-Mercedes0