Schumacher wonders if he still has the drive to win? UPDATE
(GMM) Michael Schumacher's manager has slammed reports the seven time world champion is considering returning to retirement at the end of the season.
|At 42 years old Schumacher is not so bad, just 2/10ths off|
Italy's Corriere dello Sport this week quoted the Mercedes driver as admitting that despite his 2012 contract, "I do not know if my mindset is right for this team".
But Bild newspaper quotes the seven time world champion's manager Sabine Kehm as dismissing the quotes as "All nonsense".
"Since he returned to F1, Michael has not spoken to anyone from Corriere dello Sport," she insisted.
Kehm clarified that her 42-year-old boss is not about to quit.
"He is full of passion for the project and regards it as an exciting challenge to build something big together with Mercedes.
"That it is sometimes tough only encourages him more," she said. "Someone who will soon celebrate their 20th anniversary in formula one knows that perseverance is what makes the difference."08/09/11 Michael Schumacher is again considering his three-year F1 return with Mercedes Grand Prix and may hang up his helmet again come the end of the current campaign, conceding that 'if anything, I am the problem'.
Schumacher's top flight comeback has fallen a long way short of expectations since he rejoined the grand prix grid in Bahrain in March of last year. In the interceding 30 races, there have been no rostrum finishes – and this for a driver who during his 'original' F1 career, tore up all the record books with seven world championship crowns, no fewer than 91 victories and 154 podiums.
Worse still, 'Schumi' has found himself routinely outpaced and outperformed by young Mercedes team-mate and compatriot Nico Rosberg, who over the past season-and-a-half has tallied 190 points to the elder German's 104. Even more uncharacteristically for the most successful driver in the sport's long history, there have been all manner of misjudgments and mistakes that he never used to commit.
Despite having a contract in-place for 2012, Schumacher now admits that his presence is perhaps not what the struggling Brackley-based outfit needs right now, and with impressive Force India rookie – and long-time Mercedes protégé – Paul di Resta ostensibly being groomed to eventually replace him, he confesses that retirement could be beckoning once more.
“I arrived at Mercedes with a specific task – not winning at all costs, but to grow the team,” the 42-year-old told Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera. “If anything, I am the problem. It is a fact that I am a bit more relaxed than before, and I do not know if my mindset is right for this team. At some point, we will evaluate whether I continue or stop.”