F1 » 'Proud' Schumi never expected to 'drive circles' round rivals

Record-breaking multiple F1 World Champion Michael Schumacher has revealed that he is 'very, very happy and proud' of the manner in which he rejoined the fray following a three-year hiatus in the 2010 curtain-raising Bahrain Grand Prix at Sakhir at the weekend

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March 18, 2010 6:24 PM

He has not raced in F1 for 3 years and was only 3 tenths slower in qualifying than his team mate. Pretty good going. Even Jaques Villeneuve applauded him during his commentary.

The only ones to say he would drive circles around everyone is the gutter press. Most pundits, Mercedes and Schumacher never said he would dominate straight away.


March 18, 2010 7:52 PM

It was not that long ago that I dreaded F1 because I knew the result and it always started with the name Schumacher. So, having said that I would not be surprised "if" Mercedes gets there sh## together that it will not be the same! Do not underestimate this "man". When you consider the fact that there will be no passing this yr. unless there is mechanical failure, :-o if he gets out front "no one is getting by" period!

hemingways - Unregistered

March 18, 2010 8:00 PM

like everyone I was looking forward to his return, unfortunatly when i looked at the podium and saw Lewis, Massa and Alonso stood there reality struck home. To beat these guys and others to a world championship at the age of 41 i just can't see it, sorry guys but it just won't happen. every two races he gets a month older and at 41 plus it will make a differance.

Dario - Unregistered

March 18, 2010 8:09 PM

Who knows whether he's less mentally capable than the younger drivers. What is known is that Brawn lost their huge advantage in the second half of last year, and Button was fortunate to take advantage of their diffuser. And no matter how good of a driver, the majority of the result is still dictated by the car. So Schumi dominating is a long shot more because of the car than him.

CDF - Unregistered

March 18, 2010 8:49 PM

Yes hed did and so did his fans and some ex drivers EG Jones and Irvine.

He might not care but what will the Merc board be thinking is the reality

vic - Unregistered

March 18, 2010 9:45 PM

i dont understand why the press is harping on about shumacher only finishing six? what about the recent champions, button didnt set the world on fire (although this would be everyone and everthings fault except him!) and shamelton what great moves did he achieve, prehaps they should have got ron dennis back to walk the pitlane asking the other teams to 'have a technical problem' so he can win another championship.
alonso only won due to red bulls problems, so surely we are still where we were before bahrain? no one knows what the drivers can do until they get to a track where the cars can overtake, or some rule changes.

Deanne - Unregistered

March 18, 2010 9:49 PM

I have been a fan of Michael Schumachers since he first started with formula racing. I noticed back then he had definitely something to offer the sport.
Seeing him retire was a sad event but every sportsman or woman knows when they feel ready to leave and ready to return if they feel the need.
I was glad to see him return to the sport sporting a relaxed approached. i look forward to watching how this will progress over the next 3yrs. To those drivers who have made a few negative comments watch out over the next few races he will make you eat your words.
Welcome back Schuey and good luck for the rest of the season..... :)

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