It took the well-reasoned tones of Ross Brawn this week to tell is what we all really knew all along. Michael Schumacher is not going to make a full-time F1 comeback to drive for the Mercedes F1 team.
It may be tantalising indeed to become the first German ‘Silver Arrows’ driver in F1 since Hans Herrmann in 1955, but Michael is bright enough to know that, coming up 41, the only prospect if he took that route would be being taken to the cleaners by the young pups. And further aggravating the neck injury which caused him to duck out of his Massa stand-in role at Ferrari.
“The issue now haunts the media, I know,” Brawn told German publication Bild, “but there is nothing in it. The media are trying to put together a dream. Michael would have returned to the cockpit for Ferrari, but only temporarily. He has no ambitions to start a new career.”
All seems perfectly logical to me. I think Mercedes may be disappointed that Jenson Button cut and ran to McLaren, but in my mind his decision to move was as logical as Schumacher’s decision to leave his helmet in the groaning trophy cabinet.
The remaining question now is whether NIco Rosberg can step up to the plate and win races for the three-pointed-star in 2010. That’s his ambition, he’s a charming guy and I genuinely wish him well.
Who knows, he might just surprise us?