Michael Schumacher is finally finding some form and Barcelona of all places was the one where he managed to one up his own team-mate Nico Rosberg and also impressed his harshest critics. Experts had already written him off before the Spain edition of the Grand Prix but Schumi for once looked a champion that clinched the F1 Title seven times.
It was Italy’s Corriere dello Sport which vehemently mentioned Schumacher is once again a great man. There he is again! La Gazzetta dello Sport which was typically critical of Schumacher’s decision to return t F1 and his sad performances also appreciated Schumi’s effort in Spain dubbing the Barcelona Race as his real start at the event.
Fanatics believe that Michael will keep getting better from here and even his team has now started understanding the kind of cars he requires.
Former F1 driver David Coulthard isn’t pleased with Michael Schumacher’s apparent criticism as he believes that Schumi should be give more time in this season to gain a firm footing.
David believes that it is not Michael’s fault and Mercedes should be blamed for not offering him the kind of car he likes to drive.
Schumi is 40 points behind his own teammate Nico Rosberg in the first four races and the revised Merc package for the Barcelona GP is being touted as his last chance to avoid being written off.
Coulthard thinks that Schumi should be given more time (at least half a season) before being assessed.
As per him, the current car Schumi is driving was originally made for Jenson Button who switched to McLaren making room for Schumi in the rebranded Brawn team.
Coulthard is hopeful that the seven time world champion will have to wait for Mercedes to develop the right kind of car.
34 year old, former Formula 1 driver, Ralf Schumacher has openly gone on record and defended his brother’s Formula 1 return. As per Ralf, Michael sees his F1 return in a very relaxed way and he returned to the circuit to have fun and take up a challenge. Michael’s performance this season has been lackluster and therefore many a groups have condemned his return as a failure. His team on the other hand is confident that Michael is looking for his desired car and he is close to getting it, something which is important for the driver. Ralf also did not rule out his chances of the F1 redemption as he currently has signed for another season in the German touring car series DTM. [via WCF]
Michael Schumacher, the seven time world champion with Ferrari with 91 race wins in his kitty is struggling to work up his magic with the Mercedes moniker. The former champ who is on a comeback after a three year lag hasn’t managed to start better than 6th in Bahrain and differs by a whopping 26 points when compared to his team-mate Nico Rosberg.
Nico has managed a podium finish so far and a front row start. As per Mercedes’ competition director Haug, Michael’s stint this time around will not be cut short because of his disappointing season this far. He believes that Michael is motivated enough to be successful for a long-term with Mercedes and he will start working his magic as far as his car does it for him.
His results until now haven’t been his fault and the experts know exactly the problem causing the whole “limitation”.
Michael Schumacher, the most successful driver in the history of F1 is still a competent threat to his rivals as per the new generation F1 drivers. He may be struggling this season with three bad races, but he will soon be back to his best. Nico Rosberg mentioned that he has the best team-mate he could ask for and Schumacher will soon get back to business. He has been out fort three years and that is a very long time and therefore a proper comeback will take time.
Nico gave his Mercedes team the first podium finish of the season as Schumacher again failed to impress. Michael himself believes that he is not a magician and he will require more races to get back the winning touch. He did acknowledge that he was pacing the car, but at the moment the car is not where he wants it to be. When he was a champion, he had the car to do it which is an important aspect.
The Mercedes unit is on schedule when it comes to developing a driver specified racer and soon the results will start getting better.
What do you guys think? Is Schumi still a threat to other pilots in Formula One?
If earlier reports indicated that Michael Schumacher will be with riding under the Mercedes F1 team flag for only one year, we just caught wind that the German racer actually intends to be with the team until 2012. After 91 grand prix wins and a 16 year long career, Schumacher returns to the circuit being persuaded by his former Ferrari technical director, Ross Brawn.
It will take time to get over the Ferrari hang as Michael Schumacher won 5 titles with the red devils over a period of 14 years, prior to becoming an advisor for the Italians. Schumacher could end up as a brand ambassador for Mercedes once he is finished racing for the team in 2012. He also clarified that his number one driver status talks were a hoax as it was always up to the team management to decide his status and it will be no different while being on the new team. [via WCF]
At 40 and after hanging his helmet, who would have though that Michael Schumacher will be the replacement for Ferrari’s injured driving Felipe Massa. The loyalty of the man is worth appreciating and that is what brings him back to replace his former teammate. When he left the scene, Schumi was a legend with a record seven titles and 91 overall victories and that ended in 2006. Now three years down the lane, his competitors might say that they do not care, but in the hearts of their hearts, they would know that this man is till capable of a podium finish. It’s purely for loyalty as he is quipped that he has never repented his retirement decision. He also said that he was looking forward to the challenge as a competitor. Come August 23, all on eyes will be on Ferrari’s Car #3 and for sure Massa will know that his wheel is in the right hands.
“Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro intends to put Michael Schumacher in Felipe Massa’s car untill the brazilian driver will be able to race again. Michael Schumacher said he is ready and, over the next few days, will undertake a specifc training programme at the end of which confermation will be given of his participation in the Championship with effect from the European Grand Prix on the 23rd of August.”