Button defends Schumacher's comeback

Mercedes AMG F1 Team

31 May 2012 by Ryan Wood

Jenson Button has defended Michael Schumacher following much criticism of the seven time world champion, who's so far been unable to match the same level of performance he once enjoyed.

The McLaren driver says the 43-year-old's previous achievements shouldn't be forgotten so easily now that he's winning races.

"Michael's come in for a lot of criticism over the last couple of years since he's been back," Autosport quote him as saying. "I think we all forget what he achieved in his previous career, if you want to call it that."

Schumacher looked his former self in Monaco last weekend when he set the quickest time on Saturday during qualifying, proving he's more comfortable in his machinery, which Button says can "take time.'

"Sometimes it takes time to feel comfortable with a car and comfortable with the people you're working with," he added.

"But I think he put a great lap together, didn't make any mistakes and he obviously deserved it very much.

"I'm sure when he got out of the car he was very happy, but also disappointed that he was put back to sixth [on the grid] at a place like Monaco."