Alonso: I’m sure Michael would have won three races this year for Sauber
31 October, 2012
Oct.31 (GMM) With one short sentence, Fernando Alonso defended his great rival Michael Schumacher, criticised the Mercedes team’s performance, praised Sauber’s 2012 car, and slated the Swiss team’s current driver lineup.
Instead, 43-year-old Schumacher is bowing out of the sport at the end of the season on a low, his return to F1 since 2010 almost certainly to be remembered as a failure in his otherwise all-conquering career.
The Mercedes driver is quoted as admitting that saying goodbye in Brazil with a good result would “be nice”.
“But I don’t expect it,” he is quoted by Abendblatt. “So in this regard I will not be sentimental.”
Schumacher said that the most he can hope for is that the fruits of his contribution to the Mercedes project will be reaped by next year’s drivers, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.
“It is natural that we are still working together as a team right now as though I will still be there next year,” he said.
“The team is also interested in my opinion and experience.”
Team boss and long time friend Ross Brawn confirmed that Schumacher’s hand will be obvious when Mercedes succeeds.
“I hope [that] people think of Michael on the day that we achieve our goals, because he will wear a proportion of that success,” said the Briton.
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