Is Schumacher right to return? (Poll)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Michael Schumacher is back in F1
Michael Schumacher is back in F1

Michael Schumacher’s surprise return to F1 raises a lot of questions.

But the most telling one is this: why would the world’s most successful F1 driver risk his mammoth achievements on a comeback to a sport that has changed much in the three years since he left?

Is Schumacher right to make a comeback?

  • Yes (68%)
  • No (25%)
  • No opinion (6%)

Total Voters: 4,070

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By the time the 2010 F1 season starts Schumacher will have passed his 41st birthday – old enough to be the father of several of his rivals.

Although the neck injury which kept him from returning this year has healed, will it be up to F1’s intense 19-race schedule for 2010?

He’s been away from F1 for three years so inevitably he’ll be out of practice compared to his rivals. Since he left F1 has adopted slick tyres (which he last used in 1997), severely reduced the downforce of the cars and, as of next year, banned refuelling. Four of the tracks will also be new to him.

Schumacher is staking an F1 career of unrivalled success – 40 more race wins and two more world championships than anyone else – on a return which could prove an embarrassing final chapter to his career.

Fellow multiple world champions like Jackie Stewart and Alain Prost left on a high as reigning title winners at the peak of their powers. Fernando Alonso denied Schumacher the opportunity to do that in 2006.

At worst, he could find himself in an uncompetitive car or discovering he hasn’t got the motivation to get the job done.

On the positive side, Schumacher will be re-creating his ultra-successful partnership with Ross Brawn – albeit at Mercedes instead of Ferrari. The team began development of their 2010 car early, so there’s every chance he will have a car which allows the winning machine to pick up where it left off.

Even in the latter stages of his career it rarely looked as though he had lost any of his skill. There were a few wobbles towards the end of 2004, which could be attributed to him having switched off after wrapping up the title with four races to spare. But his final race at Interlagos left us in no doubt he exited the sport at the top of his game.

Schumacher’s surprise return is a fantastic development for the sport. It’s hard not to be excited by the prospect of Schumacher in a Mercedes going up against Britain’s champions Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button in McLarens and Alonso in a Ferrari.

But is this the right move for Michael Schumacher? Cast your vote above and leave a comment below.

Schumacher and Mercedes

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92 comments on “Is Schumacher right to return? (Poll)”

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  1. Sabine 'No Nothing' Kehm
    24th December 2009, 2:09

    It’s awesome that Schumacher is back.

    He needs to race against some serious talent, in a season when the dominant cars could be fairly mixed. This is going to be the best display of driver talent over car we’ve seen since the early 90’s :)

  2. it’s the best Christmas present i as an f1 fan could have, he was forced to retire early to bring an inferior driver that had lackluster results in 20/20 hind sight. and it’s just poetic justice for him to have a seat for the team that brought him into f1 to sub for the Jordan team up from Mercedes sports car racing, he shall now come back and put all our arguing to an end about who is the best driver between schumi, alonzo, massa, hamelton, button to bad kimi could not be shown up by schumi as well . but also schumi will show the new class of drivers that all the complaints about overtaking is bullsh#t it’s an acquired and polished skill(one that trulli has yet to even begin to learn)

  3. I don’t know if anybody has already said this, but I think that Rosberg is going to cry (quietly) in the end. I think he will definitely be the second man at Merc GP

  4. I personally wouldn’t call it a mistake or a bad decision. From my point of view, I get the pleasure of seeing the most overrated driver in f1 history make a comeback, get his ass kicked by a new league of quick and young drivers. I cant wait for next season, just to see the expression on the faces of Schumacher’s fans

  5. As it is my first time here, i just want to say that i watch F1 since my age of 12 and i am now almost 40, so a long time ago, for me Shum. has the need for speed, but regarding if his decision to be back to F1 is a good one, i have serious doubts, even knowing that i am a Ferrari fan and always liked the way Shum. drove, nevertheless i just hope the 2010 season will be more competitive and no so borring as the 2009.
    Happy Christmas for all the F1 fans around the world!

  6. I don’t get this “It will be good for Nico, he’ll learn a lot from Schumacher” Yes, just like Irvine and Barachelo did, how to come a close second, and how to mask an overtaking manoeuvre by your team mate.

  7. José Baudaier
    24th December 2009, 22:17

    Since you deleted the crazy post that I replyed for, you can delete my reply too.

  8. to all a hearty … this is going to be a season of great competition. As for Schumi … he knows what he can do and teamed up with Ross Brawn who knows how to set-up a car for Schumi like nobody else, and given the Mercedes brand (don’t cut their professionalism short)… all I can say is Hamilton you’ve got a dream come true, Button you better find more pedal and Vettel I hope there is a lot of rain, because it will Barricello or maybe Massa or Alonso in your place.

  9. the come back of porsche as an engine supplier was absolutely awful, the come back of alain prost as the most successful driver then was excellent. i think michael schumacher will not match the “professor”‘s success, as far as their come back is concerned…

  10. the last years were quite boring. now, lets get exited again.
    good luck Schumi,

  11. Be interesting to see if he can still cut it

  12. The reason Schumacher left first time arround was Felippe Massa, Schumacher was obviously slowing down, compared to Massa, I remember watching their times.

  13. i know one thing and that is the ratings for F1 this year will be off the chart. whether you like shumey or not, i do, we will all be watching to see if he still has the supernatural car control he was famous for.i can’t wait for the first race.

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