“[Schumacher] was the one, certainly when Lewis Hamilton was growing up, who set the benchmark. That's what Lewis would like to be. Now, he's up against the master. He didn't get the chance [to race against him] initially, but now they're head-to-head, and with [Fernando] Alonso at Ferrari and Button as well, it should be great.”
Ted Kravitz, BBC F1 pit-lane reporter:
“Sporting comebacks are often ill-advised, but he just felt that his life was empty. When he was going to return to Formula 1 back in the summer I spoke to him and he said 'do you know what, before the neck injury I felt like I was alive again', so it's clearly been missing from his life. He's gone on to do motorbike races just to get that thrill of adrenaline, and even in Formula 1 he still thinks he can win; he wouldn't be coming back if he didn't. Winning is the only thing he's interested in, but he's taking on young, very hungry guys aged 22, 23, 24 – and it will be fascinating to see if he can keep up with them.
“I've been speaking to people very close to him, and when he was going to make his comeback and tested a two-year-old Ferrari car, they said 'do you know what, we were amazed at how quick he was'. Ross Brawn is absolutely key – Michael Schumacher would not have returned for any other person. He won't know absolutely if he's fit to race until he gets back into a Mercedes Formula 1 car and tests it in January, but he still has it; he still has the speed – and even Michael Schumacher at 99 or 98 per cent is still very fast. Whether that will be enough to sustain over a whole grand prix season against the young guys with all that energy, we'll have to wait and see – but it will be fascinating.”
Willi Weber, Schumacher's manager (speaking to Cologne-based newspaper Express):
“Michael is super-fit; [his doctor] said he has made giant progress.”