NEUSS (Germany): Michael Schumacher said he was content with fourth place in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone particularly after some of the bizarre happenings on the track.
The defending world Formula One champion had to work his way from the back of the field to finish a creditable fourth, and although it was not the ideal placing, Schumacher admitted it could have been much worse.
When you consider how things started out I could not have anticipated fourth place, Schumacher told his personal website michael-schumacher.de.
Finn Kimi Raikonnen finished one place ahead of the German in third, leaving Schumacher content that his nearest championship rival, now seven points adrift of the five-time world champion, had not made up too much ground.
I have to be content, particularly as (Kimi) Raikonnen finished third. There is only a point between third and fourth, declared Schumacher. Every point is important.
The British Grand Prix, won by team-mate Rubens Barrichello, was marred by the appearance of a 56-year-old Irishman running down the track in lap 11 as cars sped past at speeds of 200kmh.
Schumacher admits he was shocked by the incident and had to do some dodging to ensure he did not collide with younger brother Ralf.
I saw him and had to do a bit of manoeuvring because I was close to Ralf (Schumacher), explained the German.
I was shocked but it was not really dangerous. I don't know what people like that aim to achieve, but there are people like that out there.
On a more postive note, he was happy his team-mate reached the top of the podium, declaring: I am happy for him. He was quick all weekend. Even in testing he was good.
He had to be brave in the race to work his way to the front.
Schumacher will return to home soil with the next Grand Prix in Hockenheim, Germany on August 3. AFP