Schumacher rolls back the years to claim third

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SEVEN time world champion Michael Schumacher, driving for Brackley-based Mercedes AMG, returned to the podium for the first time since his return to F1 last weekend, write Colin and James Beckett.

Schumacher drove majestically throughout the race at the wheel of his Mercedes AMG Petronas W03 to finish third behind winner Fernando Alonso and second-placed Kimi Raikkonen.

He said afterwards: “I have been working so hard for this moment since I returned to Formula 1.

“The team have done an amazing job here this weekend and I can’t thank them enough for their loyalty and support.”

Schumacher’s fellow Mercedes driver, Nico Rosberg, also drove well to finish sixth and maintain his title challenge.

The Silverstone-based Sahara Force India cars of Nico Hulkenberg and Paul di Resta both enjoyed strong showings, finishing fifth and seventh at the end.

Hulkenberg completed the race with KERS failure and said afterwards: “Without KERS it all became slightly difficult.

“I think I could have finished higher but this was a good result for me and I am looking forward to racing at Silverstone next.

“The British Grand Prix is an important race for Force India as our factory is so close to the track.”

Di Resta was up as high as second at Valencia on a one stop strategy, and will be hoping to emulate last season’s Silverstone qualifying effort, which saw him line up sixth on the grid.