Motor Sports

Schumacher earns 1st podium since comeback

(L to R) Lotus F1 Team's Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari's Spanish driver Fernando Alonso and Mercedes' German driver Michael Schumacher celebrate. (AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDAN)

VALENCIA, Spain: Michael Schumacher stepped onto a Formula One podium at the European Grand Prix on Sunday for the first time since coming out of retirement.

Schumacher took advantage of a collision between Lewis Hamilton and Pastor Maldonado on the penultimate lap to steer his Mercedes into a long coveted top-three finish in Valencia.

The 43-year-old German great says of his third-place finish that "it's these moments that you enjoy deeply. It's wonderful to be back after so much time."

Schumacher had endured a wretched season, failing to finish five of the previous seven races and only collecting two points.

The last time the seven-time champion had made it onto a podium was in 2006.

Schumacher returned to F1 in 2010 after a three-year hiatus.





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