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Schumacher admits he can't counter the laws of physics

Whilst still refusing to accept that he is no longer the same driver who once tore up all the F1 record books, Michael Schumacher has conceded that age has played a role in his disappointing comeback to top flight competition with Mercedes Grand Prix this season
Michael Schumacher has finally conceded that his advancing years have been a contributory factor in his off-colour and occasionally even humiliating return to F1 competition this season – but he still refuses to accept that he is no longer the same driver that swept to a record-breaking seven world championship crowns between 1994 and 2004.

For a 91-time grand prix-winner and a man who repeatedly re-wrote the history books during his 'first' career in the top flight from 1991 until 2006, thus far it has been a crushingly disappointing comeback for Schumacher with reigning double world champions Mercedes Grand Prix, however brave a face the German legend might try to put on it by insisting that he is firmly focussed now on 2011.

Not only have there been no podium finishes – and not even so much as a sniff of victory – but the Kerpen native has also found himself outscored 102 points to just 44 by young team-mate Nico Rosberg, and out-qualified by his distinctly lesser-paid compatriot a staggering eleven times to two in their internecine Teutonic duel.

“At the end of the day there are physics,” 'Schumi' is quoted as having said by the News of the World, reflecting on his three-year absence from the grand prix grid since his 'retirement' at the end of 2006. “How can a 41-year-old be as good as a top-level 23 or 24-year-old?

“I have experience and a high level of speed, but if it is the same as in my high periods at Ferrari I don't think we will ever know. At Ferrari I had been working for ten years to make that level. This time I have been with a whole new team for just one year.”

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Thursday, Press conference, Michael Schumacher (GER), Mercedes GP  F1 Team, MGP W01
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Sunday, Michael Schumacher (GER), Mercedes GP  F1 Team, MGP W01
Thursday, Press conference, Michael Schumacher (GER), Mercedes GP  F1 Team, MGP W01
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Sauber C36 Ferrari
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Michael Schumacher and the 1996 Ferrari F310
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schumi's no 1 fan - Unregistered

September 08, 2010 11:19 AM

Give him a car built for and set up for him a fast car like the red bull is,the mclaren was,the ferrari was, the renault was,the williams was when they won the championships and he'll win again. i don't go with all this ageist bullcrap.F1 nowadays is more about the speed of the car than the skill or age of the driver otherwise the youngest driver would always win.

Diarmuid - Unregistered

September 08, 2010 1:06 PM

@Piercarlogassolini - What are you on about? Schumacher says nothing in this interview that makes him deserving of a personal attack. You really are a pathetic little chump. When has F1 NOT been all about the car? As for Schumacher not being deserving of any credit for Ferraris dominance. What a load of toss. If Schumacher didnt go to Ferrari in 1996 then Rory byrne, Ross Brawn, etc wouldnt have gone either and Ferrari would have remained ****. Also, this years Red bull is about as dominant as the 2002-2004 Ferraris and look how much of a has of it Webber and Vettel are making. Schumi in his prime would have the title wrapped up by now.

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