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Michael Schumacher says money was a factor in the issues he faced on his return to F1

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PhilPrew08 - Unregistered

January 05, 2013 10:55 AM

Whether Mercs had the finance or not, the first thing is to beat your teammate something you failed to do so it stands to reason if the Mercs would have had a top car Schumi you would have been a Webber a No 2 driver.

James Montgomery

January 05, 2013 11:01 AM

2012 was the season that Schu should have beeten Rosberg - he out qualified him enough times and put the car up the grid when it didn't deserve to be that high (USA for example).

The first 7 races of the season were horrible to watch as he should of had a lot more than 1 point to his name i.e. DNF from 3rd in Australia, shoved off by Grosjan in Malaysia and losing out on 2nd in China... what might have been :(

Anyway, money does help - it's amazing how much of a difference it makes (and as a competitor, I hate it because I don't have that luxury! :P )

But Renault managed to win the title in 2005/2006 with much smaller budgets than Ferrari and possibly McLaren. It is harder but still dooable for a team like Mercedes.. if you had a budget like Sauber, HRT or Marussia, then you need a miracle!


January 05, 2013 11:50 AM
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given that msc was reportedly being paid 70m at ferrari you do wonder if it was such an issue and if he wanted it that much then why he didnt dip into his own very deep pockets.. poor excuse, he was a different person when he made his comeback personality wise - i even found myself liking him, unfortunately he was a different driver too, there just wasn't enough Monaco pole lap type performances.. he will still be remembered as a 7 times wdc winner though..

SevenKefes - Unregistered

January 05, 2013 12:14 PM

His legacy is still intact. Do 3 bad years really take away from the fact that he dominated the sport for 5 straight years and set the bar (statistically speaking) for everybody else? Michael is a legend and better than your favorite driver could ever hope to be. Haters gonna hate.

oldtimer - Unregistered

January 05, 2013 12:24 PM

Money is always an issue but if you have it you need to have the right people to exploit what it can get you, Mercedes clearly did'nt have that and while Adrien Newry is arround at Red Bull no one else will either. Lots of money, the best designer and the best driver will always come out on top all things being equal.


January 05, 2013 1:46 PM

@Seven, I think it does damage his legacy, more so with his comments.
So he can only win in the best car?
In the biggest team with the biggest budget?

I was really disappointed not just with his performance, obviously, but also his car craft. I nicknamed him Captain Chaos.


January 05, 2013 1:53 PM

dtn. happy new year to you!

interestingly schumi said (two days ago) that he might have gotten a win or two in sebs car, but admitted that he would not be able to match seb, as he needed a "schumi specific" car.


January 05, 2013 2:04 PM

I noted that during races he was aggresive on many occasions with Raikkonen with really no hint of contact, he and Alonso were in close proximety on quite a few occasions (Valencia in particular) and very close to Vettel in Spa, his crashes with Senna, Vergne and Perez last year (I think) were all drivers who he isn't really used to racing against, and they weren't really used to racing against him, added to the fact that he 'is' a relative grand dad compared to over half the grid

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