Schumi won’t quit

Mercedes GP top brass have rubbished claims that Michael Schumacher could bring a premature end to his return to F1 competition – leaping to the defence of the German legend, who they insist remains ‘highly motivated’ and focused on ‘long-term’ success.

Schumacher is one of only two drivers in the F1 2010 field – along with Russian rookie Vitaly Petrov at Renault – to have been out-qualified by his team-mate 3-0 thus far this season, causing many to call into question the wisdom of rejoining the fray at 41 years of age and following three full years away from the grand prix grid.

Schumacher trails team-mate Nico Rosberg by 35 points to just nine. His younger compatriot also achieved a front row start and podium finish in Malaysia last weekend.

The best he has qualified thus far has been seventh, and his highest finish only sixth. What’s more, the Michael Schumacher that spent 22 laps tucked up behind the Scuderia Toro Rosso of Jaime Alguersuari – a man with all of 11 grand prix starts to his name – in Melbourne last month looked a pale shadow of the Michael Schumacher who dominated F1 from 1994 until 2006.

Schumi’s contract with Mercedes is not due to expire until the end of 2012, but in the light of his off-key form to-date this year, critics have said his ‘second career’ might be even more short-lived than anticipated, and that the 91-time grand prix-winner could well return to the ranks of retirement after a sole campaign. Far from it, argues Mercedes.

“It’s quite the contrary,” vice-president Norbert Haug told German publication Bild, a newspaper whose latest headline reads Der Schumi-Absturz, or The fall of Schumi. “I know that Michael is highly motivated and wants to make his comeback for the long-term, with long-term success.

“As soon as the car can [win], so can Michael. The fact that he has not had better results so far is not his fault. The true fans are experts and know exactly what has happened so far and why there is the points deficit.”

“Every race he is learning a little bit more and it is all coming together slowly but surely, which is probably what you would expect,” concurred chief executive Nick Fry. “I would not underestimate him.”

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Fangio won his fifth GP Title at the age of 47. Jack Brabham won his last GP at the age of 43.

Schumacher is statistically better. So it would seem that his first year in is about getting used to racing again. Next year he will be poking at the championship

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Doubt it, today’s F1 is something else. And Schumi had the luck that during his days there were no Vettels and Hamiltons, those guys are exceptional talents and he is never gonna beat them, doubt it.

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Its ridiculous for anyone to expect Schumi to immediately outperform Nico from day one…nico has been racing competitively for the past 3 years while Schumi retired. It takes more than a few races to get back up to speed and to be competing at the highest level. Schumi is only human although a very very talented driver. In any sport, once your are out for more than 12 months competing at the world class level, its takes some time to compete again at that level and will need to sharpen up again..give the guy some time and the young drivers will be worried about being beaten by an old guy.

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When he started at Ferrari, did he win from the word go? Schumi is someone who needs to settle into a team, or rather the other way around: he needs to make the team his own, before he can start winning. No worries, it’ll happen one day

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I think that by being on the same team as Schumi, Nico has actually stepped up his game

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#29, Ferrari was absolute not competative these days and Schumi was even outqualified the first race by Irvine but after that he soon won his best race in the rain in Spain, don’t see that happen now.
#30, think so too

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agree w/ the Rossi comparo. I admit i was no fan of Schumi back in the day but ever since he started racing bikes and did a fair show of it I might add, I’ve regained respect for the man as a genuine racer who does it not for the job, or the money or fame, but because he loves it (sorta like Rossi who easily could have had 10x more money or fame had he gone to F1, but didn’t)
btw – I assume you’re Irish. I’m from Limerick and ride a Ducati Multistrada so if you ever pass this way, give a wave!

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Oh my God! #9 You compared Rossi with Schumi? :))) Well, Rossi changed from Honda to rubbish Yamaha and still managed to win races. Did Schumi changed from Ferrari into some other crappy team, developing the car and wining a title? NOT!

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..how do you even answer that

unless you were born in 2000, you would know that schumacher moved from benetton to RUBBISH FERRARI, in those days, developing the car and win a title… well 5 actually.

and benetton wasn’t quite a #1 team, more of a 3rd place team, and he won two titles there(you cand olso consider that a move from jordan)

do you see my point?

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Indeed, Schumacher made a brave move at the time as Ferrari was wzout a drivers title ever since 1979! It took him 5yrs under severe pressure to win that first title for the prancing horse, never forget!

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Look at Tiger Woods……..best in the world, 6 month break and he is off the pace too.

You don’t just jump back into an F1 car and expect to be beat whose competitive edge is race ready.

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I would be very disappointed in F1 if Schumacher came back and started winning after a 3 year break. It would even more disappointing if he was beating Rosberg who is considered to be a very quick and capable driver among the grid. It would make a shambles of F1 and show that driver doesn’t really matter. The fact is he is behind Rosberg because he has 3 years of development to catch up on. (Barrichello had day’s when he beat Schui hands down) Schui was something like .5 sec off Rosbergs time at the start and I believe he is now .1 sec of Rosberg. The Schumacher we see now is still far better than some drivers that have been in F1 for years. I’m amazed he is doing as well as he is. (BTW I not even a fan of Schui)

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give the old boy a chance. being out of it for 3 years is not easy and he liked the v10’s for their power. apart from which he has hardly tested this year thanks to “spank me” mosley’s weird testing ban. im going out on a limb here and saying that he will win a rasce this year, most probably at spa. (only becoz kimi is not there else he would have won it).

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When Schui went to Ferrari, not only did he build the car to be championship winner but also the team.
In F1 there are three things that need to work in unison with each other and work well to win. They eare the driver, the car and the team. With out this you will not win championships.
I’m not a fan of Shui but I admire his ability of what he is capable of performing in a team and believe he’s capable of doing this again with Mercedes especially with Ross Brawn in the team.

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