No tests 'hurt Schumi comeback'

2011-12-15 07:51

BERLIN, Germany - It is the nature of modern F1 that has contributed to Michael Schumacher's difficult comeback so far, the seven-times Wworld champion has insisted.

In 2010 Schumacher announced his return after a three-year break to the sport he once dominated yet, despite an incredible 91 wins and 154 podiums in his first career, he hasn't reached the podium in 38 Grands Prix with Mercedes since 2010.

It has been speculated that Schumacher is now either too old to perform or no longer focused and determined. He said, "Some have questioned whether my mood has changed. It would be nice if outsiders didn't make guesses without knowing."


Schumacher insisted that F1 was a "major challenge" both for himself and for Mercedes, which is still building up its works team.

He said: "I thought that I might be (on the podium) at least a couple of times. Together we have to work hard to improve performance but we are not afraid of that. In F1 there are no magic wands.

"In the past we did a lot of testing. Today not, so I have had some problems with the tyres. I have not learned how to interpret them correctly. Previously I came to the race weekend knowing what was coming.  Now the tests don't come until Friday and I am still getting used to this system," he said.

Schumacher's existing contract runs out at the end of 2012.

"Will I be here in 2013? There is no hurry yet to think about it," he said.


  • Patrick - 2011-12-15 08:18

    Stop the excuses! You are just no longer good enough. When it's over, it's over.......

      Jono - 2011-12-15 08:26

      I am sure you wish you could still play some sort of sport still! and please stop making retarded comments like this, doesn’t matter how good you are in F1, if you have a slow car you are going to be slow. And there Mercedes car is setup to suit Nico better, thought I would just tell you that before you make another retarded remark/question.

      graham.carruthers - 2011-12-15 09:45

      What about the 20 drivers who finished below Michael on the drivers rankings - is it also over for them? He may not be winning, but he is still of huge benefit to both the team and to Nico.

      graham.carruthers - 2011-12-15 09:47

      What about the 20 drivers below Michael on the drivers standings - is it also over for them?

      Hans - 2011-12-15 12:05

      He still has his race craft. This car is completely different to the one he last drove.At 42 years old, it's not easy with all those G-forces and yet Nico who is almost half his age, can't seem to be faster than him. Next year, he will be on the podium.

  • LeRoux - 2011-12-15 13:12

    I am a Merc fan, but not a Schumi fan. Schumacher is still good, no doubt, but the sport have moved on. I do not think he is willing to take the risks he took previously in his career. His input is very valuable, but they need podiums for sponsorship. I think he will not race in 2013. I am 100% sure Merc will have his car fit him like a glove and that it will not be less performance orientated than Nico's. Maybe he lost his edge, or maybe not as good as everyone thought... He only had Hakkinen to compete with, these days there are a lot more competition on the grid.

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