Win a home theatre system worth R4000!

Stand a chance to win a home theatre system to the value of R4000 with Powerflow exhausts Sound of Summer giveaway.

Win a space trip with Land Rover!

Enter Land Rover's amazing competition that not only has a trip into space as first prize, but a Northern Cape getaway as second prize.

Zetsche: 'Our cars the problem'

2012-10-04 10:22

PASSING THE BUCK: Mercedes boss Dieter Zetsche says Michael Schumacher's car was to blame for his disappointing return to F1.Image: AP

kalahari.com

 
BERLIN, Germany - Mercedes boss Dieter Zetsche insists Michael Schumacher's disappointing return to F1 was due to an under-performing car and not the driver.

Schumacher, 43, returned to Formula 1 in 2010 after a four-year hiatus but failed to make an impact on the World Drivers' championships.

CARS NOT GOOD ENOUGH

Zetsche told German daily Bild: "We have not been able to provide both drivers (Schumacher and team mate Nico Rosberg) in the past three years with a car that was able to win most races.
 
"With the engine we were competitive, but not with the car. And it would be completely wrong to reproach either Nico Rosberg or Schumacher."

Mercedes will not extend Schumacher's contract, which finishes at the end of the 2012 season; he'll be replaced by Briton Lewis Hamilton.

Zetsche also insisted Schumacher's age was not a factor; Argentina's Juan-Manuel Fangio was World champion at 46 during the 1950's.

HIGH EXPECTATIONS

The Mercedes boss admitted that "given the name of Michael Schumacher, expectations were probably too high". "But I called Michael on the day the decision was announced to speak with him. It was a very good discussion," Zetsche said.

Schumacher won the most recent of his seven Driver's titles in 2004 with Ferrari and finished eighth in 2011 with Mercedes fourth in the Constructors' championships.

He started in F1 in 1991, has raced in more than 300 GP's and won 91 - but none since his return.

NEXT ON WHEELS24X
Read more on:    germany  |  mercedes  |  michael schumacher  |  f1

Read Wheels24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside Wheels24

Force India: Let teams choose own tyres

Pirelli, earlier criticised for being too aggressive, is now taking flak for being too conservative. One team has suggested 'why not let teams choose' to spice-up Formula 1?

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.