Moss says Schumacher is washed up UPDATE (GMM) While some have rushed to defend Michael Schumacher, formula one great Sir Stirling Moss is not among them.
After scoring just 10 points compared to his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg's 50 so far in 2010, figures including Bernie Ecclestone, David Coulthard, Martin Brundle, Jacques Lafitte, Jochen Mass and others have argued the seven time world champion deserves more time before he is definitively judged.
But 80-year-old Briton Moss, credited as the best driver never to have won a title, told the Sun: "People are going to say he's past it now, which he probably is."
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And he told metro.co.uk that he does not understand the 41-year-old German's decision to end his three years of retirement.
"All he's going to do is damage his achievements," said Moss, whose first grand prix win was in 1955 in the famous Mercedes W196.
He said Rosberg is Schumacher's first "comparable" teammate.
"Michael's greatest contribution was bringing English engineers to Ferrari," said Moss.04/27/10 Sir Stirling Moss has labeled Michael Schumacher as "past it", after a disappointing start to the seven-time world champion's F1 return.
Schumacher has scored just ten points in four races, forty less than his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg. A number of ex-drivers, including Mika Hakkinen, have urged fans to give Schumacher time but Moss insists the comeback was a mistake.
Asked if he could understand Schumacher's decision to return, Moss told the Metro: "In a word no. He's a highly intelligent bloke, and I really can't see … all he's going to do is damage his achievements. People are going to say that he's past it now, which he probably is." zzzz
In his exclusive column with ESPNF1, Moss reiterated his belief that Schumacher never faced a competitive team-mate in his glory years and that he doesn't appear to have the same "compulsion" to win on his return.
"People say it's because he's been away for three years and that sort of stuff, but I'm going to stick to what I said at the start of the season: Until now, he's never had a truly competitive team-mate," Moss said. "His seven world titles are, in my mind, misleading and I think we are seeing proof of that now he is up against Rosberg. Rosberg has proved himself as the team's No.1 and he's been faster than Schumacher in all circumstances.
"What's more I'm not sure he is taking F1 as seriously as he was earlier in his career. You need a compulsion to be there, you can't just do it for fun, and I don't think Schumacher has that compulsion anymore. To win you need to believe that there is no way anybody else can beat you and, frankly, I don't think he's in that kind of mindset. It seems as though this year is just part of his retirement rather than an extension of his career." ESPNF1