Schumacher: I have not regretted my comeback for a second
27 August, 2012
Aug.27 (GMM) Michael Schumacher has not regretted a single moment of his comeback to the sport, despite not yet winning a race since his return at the beginning of 2010, and has pointed out Fernando Alonso the strongest active Formula One driver.
He said it would be “a pity” if he returned to retirement without winning a record 92nd race, but would not comment on whether he will sign a new deal for 2013.
“We don’t need to talk about winning the championship this year,” said Schumacher. “And whether the journey goes on next year is not clear yet.”
Schumacher, whose run of five consecutive titles was broken in 2005 by Alonso’s Renault breakthrough, said that the 2012 championship leader is developing “even beyond himself”.
“There are phases like that when everything seems to work out, but he has worked for it,” the German said, of the Spaniard, in an interview with Bild am Sonntag newspaper.
“Sebastian is a great guy and a great driver, but he is dealing with a different situation now in a learning process,” said Schumacher. “To be a good winner, one must also be able to lose, it is a part of your development.”
“Only when you have learned to lose can you respect and enjoy winning even more.”
Schumacher said that is all part of “life’s ups and downs”, which perhaps is comparable to his own first and second careers.
Since returning to F1 with Mercedes, he has been on the podium only once.
Schumacher said, “Spa is like my living room; for me, it’s clearly the number one race track in the world. It’s uncanny how I always seem to have special moments there – my debut, my first win, a world championship victory and many great races.”
“The fact that I will also take part in my 300th Grand Prix at Spa was somehow almost inevitable and we will have to celebrate it in the right way. I’m proud to be just the second driver in the history of the sport to reach this milestone and there’s no question that we are looking to have a particularly nice weekend,” he added.
“We delivered a good performance in Spa last year; I’ll be doing everything possible to drive a strong race,” promised Schumacher.
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