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Schumacher: Money a factor

Michael Schumacher says money was a factor in the issues he faced on his return to F1
Michael Schumacher has stated that money was a factor in his failure to pick up the kind of results that were expected on his return to F1.

The German's three-year spell with Mercedes saw him secure just one podium finish before he elected to retire from the sport for a second time at the end of the 2012 campaign.

Both team and driver readily admitted they had hoped for more from the partnership in terms of on-track results, but Schumacher said part of the reason was down to finances and the fact that Mercedes doesn't spend as much as rivals such as Red Bull.

“It's a factor,” he told Auto Motor und Sport. “Over the years Red Bull built an infrastructure and has a budget giving them the possibility to respond to anything in the best possible way.

“It is nothing more or less than what we had at Ferrari.”

Mercedes has signed Lewis Hamilton to replace Schumacher for the 2013 season, with the Briton joining forces with Nico Rosberg for the year ahead.

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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!

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.

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