Michael Schumacher Inspires in Canada

Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Tumblr +

At the Canadian Grand Prix Michael Schumacher recently proved that the skill and talent that made him a 7 time world champion is well and truly still with him. On a wet track in Canada, where slippery conditions make machinery irrelevant and rain becomes a big equaliser, Michael Schumacher showed flawless skill to get his Mercedes up to second place at one stage during the race. Although the opportunity to display true racing for the entire race was hampered by the overuse of the safety car, there was enough time to show critics that at 42 he has still got it. Rainy conditions in formula one always create an even playing field, and certainly in Canada driver skill was on display for all. On intermediates Schumacher began to move up the field, from 12th place after the restart, he eventually took Massa and Kobayashi in a single move to take second place. With 10 laps to go a dry line began to appear and with the aid of DRS, Button and Webber in superior machinery were able to drive by, mind you this was not without a faultless defensive driving display by Schumacher. Had the safety car released the field laps early in the wetter but manageable conditions, Schumacher may have been able to challenge for the top spot on the podium. It is a common view that the race should have started from a standing start and not behind the safety car. And while it was the correct decision to stop the race, when conditions did improve, almost 40 min of manageable and raceable conditions were wasted in restarting and laps behind the safety car on the restart. Had this time not been wasted and had the race finished under wet conditions (mind you the same conditions that drivers would race under 10 years ago), Schumacher may have challenged for the race win or would have surely got the podium that his driving deserved. One can only hope that racing directors get the safety car situation right at other dry/wet races for the rest of the season. One or two laps behind a safety car is reasonable and an umpire driven race is not healthy for the sport or its spectators. At the upcoming European Grand Prix, Schumacher’s true skill may once again be masked by the dry conditions with a lack of competitive machinery and critics may not be smart enough to balance the many factors and perspectives that contribute to results. What Canada proved is that once Mercedes provide Schumacher with a competitive car, he will be challenging for the championship. Until then we can only admire the true genius behind what he is setting out to achieve, one of the sport’s greatest coming out of retirement and proving himself against another generation, as if competing against his own generation wasn’t enough. At 42, competing across generations requires supreme skill and perhaps only the absolute greatest of a sport can achieve this. If anything it is inspiring to see in any discipline, let alone one where you risk your life being on the limit at every corner.


About Author

Leave A Reply