Statistically the greatest driver or all time, since Michael Schumacher returned to Formula One with Mercedes in 2010, he has struggled, with just a few fourth places his best results, no podiums, and not really looking anywhere near taking his 92nd race win, a disappointing two seasons resulting in a ninth and eighth place finish in the two championships he has contested. Will we ever have the old Michael Schumacher back? Will we have the unbeatable, flawless seven time world champion back? There's plenty arguments for and against, so lets find out.
|Schumacher has had lots of incidents|
|Defending was one of Schumi's strong points in 2011|
Interestingly, Schumacher has done best at the so called "classic" tracks such as Belgium, Italy, Japan, Britain, Monaco and Brazil. He seems to do very well on this sort of track, where overtaking is more possible than on the newer tracks. I really think that Schumacher still has it, and he's proven that with his strong drives and performances in the last two seasons. He's been nailing the starts, flying away off of the line. And as I've said in my pieces on Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa, you don't just lose talent. Okay, he's not the same driver in some respects, and I doubt he'll ever win another championship, but he's lost absolutely none of his burning desire and passion for the sport, hence why he returned in 2010. He's still got what is needed, he's got nothing to prove to anyone, and in 2011, he got very close to beating Nico Rosberg. People need to remember that Michael Schumacher is 43, he's not as young as he once was. He's bound to not be up to the speed of Vettel, Alonso and Hamilton. He just needs a good car from Mercedes and sooner or later he'll be making his return to the podium.
Over the next few weeks I will be looking at the six world champions on the grid, as well as three other drivers in top teams, in articles like this, as we prepare for the start of the season.