Racing legend thinks seven-time world champion is 'past it'
29 April 2010

Racing legend Sir Stirling Moss has said that Michael Schumacher is "probably past it".

Moss told The Metro that he doesn't believe the seven-time world champion was right to return to Formula One and his past achievements "didn't mean anything" in 2010's title race.

"He’s a highly intelligent bloke, and I really can’t see… all he’s going to do is damage his achievements," said Moss. "People are going to say he’s past it now, which he probably is.

"People say he’s the best because he has seven world titles, but that doesn’t mean anything really. Well, it does mean something – it’s a hell of an achievement – but it doesn’t mean he’s the greatest ever."

Moss also said 2010 was the first time Schumacher had experienced pressure from within his own garage, given the impressive start Nico Rosberg has made to his Mercedes GP career.

"We’ve never seen Michael with a number two who’s been comparable," he said. "He had Rubens Barrichello who no doubt is an extremely good driver, but not necessarily a winner.

"Ross Brawn and those chaps brought Ferrari from being has-beens back to the front. Because he didn’t have a comparable team-mate it was very difficult to know how much of it was down Michael and how much was the car."

Schumacher has scored 10 points in the first four races of 2010, 50 points behind championship leader Jenson Button.

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29 April 2010

The difference between "Why did you retire?" and "Why don't you retire?" is huge!

29 April 2010

The worst thing now for Schumacher is the same as what his last couple of years in Ferrari were dogged by: Media asking when he was going to retire.

Everywhere you go there's questions on how Schumacher is performing, and the likes of Moss telling us that Schumacher is past it. I have a huge respect for Moss, and I do value his comments, but as much as I want to see Schumacher win and beat all those on the grid, I've got to sadly agree with Moss.

Schumacher in his prime against the likes of Hamilton and Vettel would have been superb. But even as good as he still is, these new guys are exceptional too.

However, after being out for three years, and only four races in, we should wait and see what pace Schumacher can achieve.

29 April 2010

"We’ve never seen Michael with a number two who’s been comparable,"

I thought Nico was number one and Michael Number two.

29 April 2010

I think moss is a little early on judging Schumacher ye he is a little older big deal he was racing suppebly in Malaysia and would have got a good position except his wheel nut came loss he was unlucky who,s fault was that by the way? . Its early in the season yet I think Schumacher will get better just needs to bed in a get is racing legs back on expect some great races from him.

29 April 2010

[quote Autocar]Racing legend Sir Stirling Moss has said that Michael Schumacher is "probably past it".

Moss told The Metro that he doesn't believe the seven-time world champion was right to return to Formula One and his past achievements "didn't mean anything" in 2010's title race.

"He’s a highly intelligent bloke, and I really can’t see… all he’s going to do is damage his achievements," said Moss. "People are going to say he’s past it now, which he probably is.

"People say he’s the best b...Read the full article[/quote]

I'm sorry, but Moss needs to give Schumi a chance. It's possible that the new car he's getting for the next race will help: I think the reason Schumi's not been that fast is that he doesn't have the confidence to give it his all in his present car, because it's not been set up properly for his liking. Now, if we'd reached the end of the season, and Schumi hadn't won a single race, and had hardly seen a podium, I'd say OK, fine, but Moss - like Lauda a few weeks ago - is shooting his mouth off.

29 April 2010

How many world titles has Moss? He is forever knocking Schu.

29 April 2010

It seems that Schu is getting a bit stick, for example commentators on the F1 saying hes only finished 7th etc..the guys been away for a while he at least deserves sometime to get back into the swing of things.

29 April 2010

[quote toenheel]the guys been away for a while he at least deserves sometime to get back into the swing of things[/quote]

Why?

Rookies don't get any time, why should a 7 times world champion?

What he is missing are the thousands of Km he used to so testing, and having a test team and teamate perfecting the car for his set up

29 April 2010

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29 April 2010

[quote Richard H]

Why?

Rookies don't get any time, why should a 7 times world champion?

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Because rookies usually are battle hardened from the lesser categories the previous season/years, whereas Michael has done no regular full-on competitive racing for the last 3 seasons. Just walked into it right before the start of the season.

The fact that he is at times only 1 to 2 tenths behind Nico in qualifying is TRULLY amazing, in view of this, but then, we are talking of an ex multiple world champion? Look at other world champions that have made comebacks and won the drivers title again. Lauda was not quicker against team mate Prost at McLaren, but he did beat him to the title in 84 to secure his 3rd world title.

I say give it some more time for him to adapt to the new scene/cars/tyres etc ... AND ... remember, if he does come good, all you knockers with Union Jack glases will have a LOT of humble pie to eat. Starting from the biggest nobody to have never won any championships, dill brain Stirling Moss ................. will he EVER get over that?

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