Michael Schumacher blames his car

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Michael Schumacher's triumphant return to Formula One during 2010 didn't quite go to plan; but the German driver maintains that the majority of his problems on the track could be traced back to problems with his car.

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The seven-time champion came back out of retirement to race for Mercedes, but things never quite took off for the German driver who was comprehensively outperformed by his young team-mate Nico Rosberg.

The 41-year-old came back to the sport he used to dominate following a three-year retirement, however, his 25-year-old team-mate and fellow countryman managed to upstage the racing legend at almost every point in the season.

Rosberg has yet to win a Formula One race but finished above Schumacher in the drivers' championship, amassing 142 points compared with Schumacher's lacklustre 72. The youngster also out-qualified the former champion by a total of 15-4.

The underwhelming return to Formula One has clearly left a bitter taste in Schumacher's mouth and he has recently been venting his anger through a German racing and car magazine.

"How do you think I felt?" said Schumacher, when questioned about his taxing season.

"There were throughout the season many question marks which I am convinced will no longer exist in 2011."

Despite his frustrations at problems with his car, the Mercedes driver did concede that his age and three-year retirement were also a factor in his abysmal performance this season.

"I was away for three years," he added. "I am no longer 25, but 41. The car is a compromise. Together with the structure of the tyre, it is difficult for me to drive how I want to.

After one of the most closely contested title battles in recent memory, eyes are already focused on the 2011 F1 drivers' championship.

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