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Schumacher now on a par with Rosberg - Villeneuve
Jacques Villeneuve reckons Michael Schumacher was on a par with Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg by the end of the season.

Schumacher finished the season 70 points adrift of his younger team-mate, but Villeneuve reckons that can be attributed to Schumacher's acclimatization period in the first half of the year.

"It was difficult for him until mid-season but by the end he was ahead of his teammate," he told autohebdo.fr.  This of course resulted in the British-centric F1 media to eat crow.

Villeneuve, who beat Schumacher to the 1997 title, also thinks that the seven-time champion was never as dominant as he appeared to be over his team-mates, even in his championship-winning years.

"At Ferrari, he was one or two tenths ahead of his team-mate but rarely more," Villeneuve said. "Everyone thought he was going to be a second ahead of Rosberg, but it was never even like that in the past.

He added: "If the car didn't suit him then that's hard to resolve, but at the end of the season he was there."

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