Schumacher: Malaysia will be acid test for F1 title hopefuls

    German driver Michael Schumacher returned to Formula One in 2010, having initially retired in 2006.

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    • Michael Schumacher says Malaysian GP will show true quality of 2012 teams
    • The Mercedes driver qualified fourth for Australian GP, but retired after just 10 laps
    • Reigning champion Sebastian Vettel warns the track is more difficult than first appears
    • Ferrari's Fernando Alonso says drivers and teams need to be aware of changeable weather
    By qualifying fourth for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, Michael Schumacher offered a tantalising hint he was ready to shake off the indifferent form he has displayed since returning to Formula One in 2010.
    The seven-time world champion's challenge in Melbourne was cut short by a 10th-lap gearbox failure, but the German insists the true strength of this year's cars and drivers will not be known until after this weekend's race in Malaysia.
    "The circuit in Melbourne is not really representative of the true competitive picture," the Mercedes driver told the sport's official website. "But nevertheless the car gives me a good feeling for the season ahead.
    "Sepang will be interesting for everybody because it will be the first clue to the real relative strengths of all the cars."