Schumi: give me time

Michael Schumacher has backed up the claims of his Mercedes paymasters by admitting that, while things have not gone to plan so far, he has no intention of quitting Formula 1.

Speaking ahead of this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix, Schumi acknowledged that he has not achieved the results many had predicted of his partnership with the German outfit, but insisted that things were progressing and would continue to do so.

“Admittedly, the last two races have not been very fortunate for me, but I am very much aware of the reasons for it,” said Schumacher. “I know how things go in F1 and, if you look into the detail of the two races, I think everything is still going according to plan. You can only improve step-by-step and I am confident that we are achieving this.”

The seven-time world champion scored points in his first two races after returning from a three-year ‘retirement’, but fell foul of a mechanical problem in Malaysia last time out, leaving him only tenth in the standings, on nine points. Team-mate Nico Rosberg finished third at Sepang to take his tally to 35 and a share of fourth overall.

“We looked quite reasonable in Malaysia at the last race and maybe things will play into our hands again in Shanghai,” Schumacher added. “I am looking forward to the race and fully enjoying the competition again.”

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I agree with the person above me. (no. 26)

give Shumacher a great car & he will defeat all.
but he is not a mechanic, he is not a developer, give him a crap car & he will not triumph.

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post 28, I agree with this. Schumacher’s feedback to the engineers is probably better than anyone else’s. Maybe Alonso would be close to him. Remember in Bahrain Schumi after the race had a quick look over the Mclaren to see if he could spot some idea or trick that nobody else saw…If he sees something on their car (and doesn’t know what it does) he will know doubt talk about it with the engineers to see if they can come up with a reason for it being there and the engineers will see what it does and could it make their car faster. I believe that’s part of development. Without schui the idea may never have come about. (assuming he spotted something) I’ve never seen any other drivers doing that.

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People who know about F1 know about Schui’s past. People who are only watching in the last couple of years think the sun shines out of Hamilton’s ass. Don’t underestimate Schumacher. It would be a sham for F1 if he came back beating everybody. I’m surprised and amazed to see him as close to Rosberg as he is. Hamilton was racing competitively before he joined F1 and was in Simulators and working towards an F1 drive, so once he got there he was ready for the challenge. Schui on the other hand was winding down, relaxing, playing with motorbikes and getting fat for 3 years. He then said lets go back to work and joined Merc. He’s finished in the points for 2 out of 3 races (would have been 3 out of 3 only for mechanical failure) and is still better then some F1 drivers were over their whole career. Amazing. Don’t get me wrong, I always wanted someone else to win apart from schui, but always had massive respect for the guy. As for all you Hamilton fans, If I were you I would be looking to see schui get back to his old self so we can see Ham and schui battle wheel to wheel.

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Is he ruining his retirement? To tell you the truth, I was expecting a more sensational return from Schu. So who’s fault is it? The driver or the car?

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Nico Rosberg is quick, no doubt about it, but he shines in qualifying not racing. He just won’t MOVE!!! NIco has to learn to overtake, take some risks, treat it as a contest not just a fast drive. Face it, he’s not the talent his father was.

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Good Luck in next race~

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Schumacher had the raw talent to even win with an average car like the Benetton, similar to Vettel in the Torro Rosso in 2008. He seems also to be used to a very specific set-up of the cars but I once read from Irvine that his feedback on car development was not exceptional. He had ‘the finest chip going on’ like Stewart once said but that doesn’t make him an engineer or a car developer.
He was always fast in the middle of a race due to clever pit(fuel)stops and a good health condition (superfit after the race) but I even can’t even recall that much overtake manouvres from him, sorry.

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Guys its not right on us to comment on his return after just three races.Look at what a mess Luca Badoer made of it inspite of him testing the ferrari all year round last year.
Let us give him some time to find his feet again.If he is past it never mind he was and still is one of the best drivers in F1 if not the very best.

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Well said 9. Mclaren Fan

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Schumaker, you are and will be allways the best. Greetings from Barcelona.

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good luck, you are the BEST FOREVER!

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Schumi ist immer der Beste. Good Luck, Mike!

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Schumi is a cheat and always has been! Some people have short memories!

Remember when he deliberatly crashed into Damon Hill on the last lap, of the last race, to stop Damon Hill from passing and claiming the 1994 World Championship. If he did’t crash in to Hill, Hill would have won the world title that year!

Schumi ‘took Hill out’ so he could win the world title!

SCHUMI = CHEAT!!!!

Copy and paste the link below and see for yourself!!

CHEAT!!!

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look on ‘you tube’ if you cannot see the link

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that looks a less dubious overtake than Webber’s on Hamilton last race…

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@ Adrian. If you honestly think that Michael Schumacher deliberately drove into Damon then you need your head examined.

Look at the video, Schumacher goes off at Turn 3, the car strikes the barrier. Fair enough. But when he gets the car back on track you can clearly see that he has steering issues. Under braking for Turn 4 the car veers to the right and Damon was unfortunate enough to be in the wrong place.

And another thing, this happened way back in 1994, so why are you still moaning about it. Is it because it was a British driver that got taken out??
It must be, because you mentioned nothing about Alain Prost or Ayrton Senna, who had a coming together which decided the Championship, twice!. Or would you be complaining about THAT if Prost was driving a different car and took out Ayrton’s McLaren??

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Indeed nice article u have here. It’d be really cool to read a bit more about that topic. Thank you for posting that material.

Summer WARD

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GO! MERCEDES GP PETRONAS GO!

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