F1 » Schumacher anticipated title in two years


Michael Schumacher admits he may have been optimistic in believing he could win an eighth world title on his comeback to F1.

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Andy T - Unregistered

October 24, 2012 10:49 AM

Love him or loathe him Schumacher has provided us all with a lot of entertainment over the years and I'm sure is an inspiration to a lot of people. Good luck for the future Michael you'll be missed.

Rhino

October 24, 2012 11:02 AM
Last Edited 540 days ago

I don't think he was over optimistic in aspiration. He was over optimistic at joining Mercs because a good friend(Ross Brawn ) over hyped the teams expectations.

The skills were there, but the backup wasn't.

eric hairyears - Unregistered

October 24, 2012 11:30 AM

Brawn had stolen a few yards with the dodgy diffuser but this advantage was gone by the mid season. I guess they had no more tricks in the bag but forgot to tell shumi. Im sure he had a lot of fun at work for the past 3 years though.

indianapolis2007

October 24, 2012 11:38 AM
Last Edited 539 days ago

Schumi did not realise that he was not racing the likes of Johnny Herbert, Eddie Irvine,Brundle and co. The class of 2010 too now are are a different breed and Nico was a good barometer to see where Schumi stood regards his quality with the current crop of f1 drivers and yes Schumi has given it his all but was not good enough and regards him being in his forties i cant really bye that as Fangio won a WDC at 46 and Mansell won f1 wdc at 39/40 and then went on to be the only racing driver to simultaneously hold the f1 and Indy crown and being Indies oldest rookie to become champion at 40+.

It will be sad to see the great man go but his return it seems as also effected his world ranking as the fourth best driver of all time which i believe if he had not returned to f1 his ranking would have been higher, his stats alone should put him in the top 2 but being made to look average by his teammate over three years may have influenced the BBCf1 in his 4th position ranking.

chris - Unregistered

October 24, 2012 1:16 PM

I really do not agree with the theory put about by some that Schumi only raced against lesser talent in his first career. There were some big names around and it is not possible to compare them with the current drivers. Different times, different machines. He has not been shown to be "average" this year when compared Rosberg. Pole at Monaco was awesome. As for being ranked 4th by the BBC, that is based on the biased views of a few has beens or those who never were.

Kevin - Unregistered

October 24, 2012 1:55 PM

Brawn is an over-rated team leader without a superior designer like Byrne, or the flow of cash that a Honda can throw at the effort. That said, I also believe MSC under-estimated the effect of age differences between himself and the likes of Vettel. A 12 year age difference is a huge difference in athletics. The days of middle age Grand Prix grizzlies leading fields of journeyman wheel-men are over. Today, the cars and tracks don't kill drivers, but successive birthdays take them out just as effectively.

richard

October 24, 2012 2:04 PM
Last Edited 539 days ago

brawn had ONE good year, courtesy of a honda design and a gifted ddd. it wasnt brawn who was the hero, until then, he had not really been on the scene since leaving ferrari. however, schumi banked on the impression given that it was ross himself who made the car a winner. schumi himself claimed that he would be fighting for the wdc in his first year back. it was never going to happen. pity really.

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