Tired of the criticism he’s received since returning to Formula 1 this year, Michael Schumacher attempted to clarify his perspective in a recent interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung newspaper. While admitting that he’s struggled with the narrower front tires mandated by new F1 regulations, Schumi insists that he hasn’t lost sight of what matters: winning races. In his own words:
“I believe people have noticed that how I was extremely dogged in the past I am now more calm, in a way that previously I was only able to be sometimes. I have not lost any focus or my determination. I am still taking it seriously and am still very hard on myself. In that way nothing has changed.”
Nothing has changed, that is, except his ability to pilot an F1 car. The best drivers make up for a car’s shortcomings; other drivers simply make excuses for not being competitive. Mercedes is paying Schumacher a lot of money to drive for them, so the team is making every effort to build a car to Schumi’s liking. He’ll get a new chassis, with a longer wheelbase designed to counter understeer, in time for this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix. For the sake of the team and his fans, I hope he can begin producing results on par with his teammate, Nico Rosberg.