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Schumacher upbeat despite form

india Updated: Mar 30, 2010 00:09 IST

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Record champion Michael Schumacher Monday remained upbeat about his return to Formula One racing despite a 10th-place finish in Australia.

"I am quite confident there will be more to come," the Mercedes GP driver Schumacher said in a statement on his website.

"I know that might sound awkward but I take a lot of good aspects from the race weekend in Melbourne ... 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, 41, started from seventh place on the grid Sunday in Melbourne but fell far behind after being part of an accident in the first turn before salvaging one championship point in 10th place. Team-mate Nico Rosberg was fifth.

"Analyzing qualifying I think both Nico and me could have been ranked two to three positions better. Going into the race from those better positions would have meant fighting for the podium," he said but added that he would put up a stiff fight in Sepang (Malaysia).