MONTREAL, June 10, 2012 (AFP) - Michael Schumacher was left disappointed again when his run of bad luck continued on Sunday when he was forced to retire from the Canadian Grand Prix.
The 43-year-old Mercedes driver was in 12th position before a loose hydraulic pipe caused the DRS section of his rear wing to stay open. As a result the German was forced into his fifth retirement in seven races.
"Unfortunately, our weekend in Montreal didn't turn out trouble-free for me and a hydraulic problem with the DRS forced me to end my race early," the seven-time world champion said.
"At first, I didn't know exactly what the problem was. I overshot the corner, ran through the grass and asked myself what was going on. Then the team told me about the problem and I saw it in the mirrors."
The veteran admitted he was disappointed but refused to blame his team.
"Of course it's disappointing for all of us but it's not a question of pointing fingers. Stuff like this happens. I know the team are doing their best and that it probably hits them even harder than me.
"We'll be back on the attack in Valencia."
In contrast, his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg was satisfied after finishing sixth, his fifth consecutive top-10 result.
The 26-year-old said he was pleased with his performance and believes a few more tweaks to his car will enable him to compete with front-runners McLaren, Red Bull and Ferrari.
"Sixth place is a decent result today and it's important for both me and the team to keep scoring points for the championship and maintain our consistency," he said.
"It was a mixed-up race and it was difficult to find a rhythm, particularly at the start, but by the end, the gap to the leading cars was not that big. It could have gone better this weekend, and we just need a little bit more performance to be competing at the front."
Rosberg now ranks fifth in the standings with 67 points while Schumacher lies 18th with two points.