Michael Schumacher will race on for Mercedes in 2011 in pursuit of an eigth title

Michael Schumacher has quashed rumours he'll leave Formula One at the end of this year by saying he is targeting his eighth title in 2011.

The Mercedes driver has performed poorly in 2010 and there was speculation over whether he would call time on his three year contract at the end of the year.

The 41-year-old returned to F1 this year after three seasons in retirement but has so far struggled to match team mate Nico Rosberg.

Schumacher said: "When I came back [the target] was to win another title. That's what I'm here for, very clearly. I know the final target, where I want to go. I'm confident I can achieve it."

Although Schumacher said he is not happy with his performance so far this year, he has not lost the motivation which helped him to win a record seven F1 titles and claims to be enjoying the challenge.

Schumacher said: "Perfectly happy with my own performance is probably wrong to say. But put it this way: yes, there is an expectation out there which, I think you have to be realistic, is impossible to meet.

"I am away three years and just to come back and start exactly where I finished with maybe a car that doesn't allow me to right now is probably unrealistic. I am not a magician either. It just needs time. I take that time. I enjoy most of all this process."See all the latest Ford reviews, news and video

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26 July 2010

Good for him. As Eddie Jordan has said, he's showing unbelievable passion and determination. It's not like he needs the money - he must be one of the richest men on earth. He's doing it simply to prove (not least to himself) that he can. If anything, I'm enjoying watching him now more than in his heyday - we're seeing him facing fierce competition from his young team-mate, they're struggling in a sub-par car, we're entering a new golden age for driver talent... and we're seeing a more human side to Schumacher. Good luck to him, I say. He may already have more titles to his name than any other driver in history, but he deserves another.

26 July 2010

he's much more talkative now he's older and more relaxed.

his weakness/strength is testing and practice, he really needs to do lots, but when he does he is at the top, and can make a top car. he did ok in germany, until he lost his balance with the car again. i expect him to be qualify ahead of rosberg for the remainder of the season, that should be his goal anyway.

26 July 2010

Schuey targets 2011 title, he's got a great sense of humour!

26 July 2010

[quote Autocar]Schumacher said: "When I came back[/quote] The real come back will be next year. Mercedes will not be second rate team, they have money, experts, driver(s). In the years in Ferrari everything spun around Michael,even Bridgestone tailored the tires to his stile of driving! Great driver for sure,and with mad ambition! He would never be satisfied with anything less than first. I wonder what would he do if he was ordered to pass his team mate, like they told Barichelo, and Felipe yesterday?

26 July 2010

NOT A HOPE!, it's not as if he's in the wrong car/team is it?

Peter Cavellini.

26 July 2010

[quote Peter Cavellini]

NOT A HOPE!, it's not as if he's in the wrong car/team is it?

[/quote]

Wrong team, no. Wrong car, yes. That Mercedes wouldn't be competitive even in Ayrton Senna's hands, if he was still alive and 20 years younger than he was.

Also, I think the calibre of the average F1 driver has improved greatly in the last five years or so, and there are great drivers who, when Schumi retired, were stuck in uncompetitive cars. Schumi now has to fight Button, Hamilton, Webber, Vettel, Kubica, Alonso, Massa, Barrichello, The Incredible Hulkenberg, and his own team-mate. Compare them to the drivers of, let's say, 7 years ago... some of the same names, of course, but quite a few new ones who're on stonking good form.

Still, I wouldn't put it past Schumi for him to be in the running for the championship next year, despite his age and rustiness...

26 July 2010

"Michael Schumacher has quashed rumours he'll leave Formula One at the end of this year by saying he is targeting his eighth title in 2011", and a moon landing in 2012.

.[quote Straight Six Man] If anything, I'm enjoying watching him now more than in his heyday - we're seeing him facing fierce competition from his young team-mate,[/quote]

I too am enjoying seeing him humiliated by Rosberg on a regular basis.Can't help noticing that Rosberg has been on the podium with the sub-par Mercedes car.

27 July 2010

[quote Uncle Mellow]

"Michael Schumacher has quashed rumours he'll leave Formula One at the end of this year by saying he is targeting his eighth title in 2011", and a moon landing in 2012.

.[quote Straight Six Man] If anything, I'm enjoying watching him now more than in his heyday - we're seeing him facing fierce competition from his young team-mate,[/quote]

I too am enjoying seeing him humiliated by Rosberg on a regular basis.Can't help noticing that Rosberg has been on the podium with the sub-par Mercedes car.

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Dear me, not exactly living up to your nom de plume tonight, are you? I think Schumi is in with a chance. He's not being humiliated, he's learning. Pedro de la Rosa has acknowledged that he too, even halfway through the season, is still scrubbing off the rust - and that Mercedes quite simply isn't as fast as it needs to be. Rosberg has managed a third-place finish on I think three occasions out of pure luck and determination, not because his car is up to the job. He also does better with the new-format qualifying (with which it seems Schumi still struggles a bit). It's when it comes to that flat-out qualifying, where the Red Bulls have been so dominant, with Hamilton and Alonso especially doing very well too, and the Force Indias doing pretty well overall (a dismal German GP notwithstanding), that the Mercedes simply doesn't have the pace necessary. The Force India and the McLaren are both much quicker - which goes to show it's down to the design of the car, not the engine. Put Schumacher in the McLaren and I reckon he'd be up about third, fourth.

27 July 2010

Someone pointed out during the German GP coverage that what's really hurting Schumi is the testing ban. When he was THE outstanding driver in F1 , it wasn't so much that God had given him much more talent than anyone else , but that he worked bloody hard at improving the car and his driving. Now he is not allowed to do that.

27 July 2010

And i'll point out that Schumacher apart from Germany he qualifies well, for the first ten laps of a race he's like the Schumacher of old, then he gradually fades away like he's doing just enough to hold onto tenth,he's only good enough to beat the probationers, an 8th world title?, i just can't see it, sorry.

Peter Cavellini.

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