• Apr 24th 2010 at 10:49AM
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Critics have given Michael Schumacher a hard time all season so far over what can charitably be characterized as lackluster performance. Leading figures at the Mercedes-Benz GP team, however, have magnanimously attributed the problems to their car. But if his young teammate Nico Rosberg is currently second in the championship, having reached the podium twice so far this season (doubling his record from four seasons at Williams), then how can you blame the car?

The answer may be coming as soon as May 9, when the circus heads to Barcelona for the Spanish Grand Prix. According to reports, Mercedes will give Schumacher a new chassis design to try out at the Catalunya circuit. If the new car suits Schumi better than the current one, they'll presumably have him run it for the remainder of the season. But given Rosberg's performance in the current chassis, the smart money would be on Nico continuing with the existing machinery, meaning that the team could – in a Formula One rarity – wind up running two different cars in a bid to defend the championships it won last year under the Brawn GP banner.

*UPDATE: Reports have since verified that Mercedes GP is set to introduce a longer-wheelbase version of the current car, and not a full redesign. By increasing the wheelbase, the team hopes to address certain weight distribution issues related to the latest tires provided by Bridgestone. At the same time, the new set-up aims to rectify the understeer that's been hindering Schumacher, while a new aerodynamics package will also be introduced on the revised car. Thanks for the tip, Patrick!

[Source: Autocar]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Well there's no doubt he's still a great driver, but it has been 3 years for him and when you watch him race, you can clearly tell he hasn't readjusted and isn't as comfortable as he was before.

      He isn't courageous and risky enough with his driving, too conservative. He needs to push the car a bit more but I suppose thats what 3 years of not driving an F1 car does to you.

      But he without a doubt is still up to the task, and I can definitely see him out performing the younger guys once he's back into his groove (I hope).
      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am going to think it will be along wheelbase replacement, as all of Schumi's success in before always took place in a car that was longer then most. I remember the commentators saying he should struggle at smaller tracks with a longer car but he always made it work. It'll be interesing to see what happens. I am still hoping Renault can find more speed as the year goes on Kubica is able to drive the wheels off of the current car and it just needs a slight boost to take them back to winning!
      • 5 Years Ago
      yeah, go ahead and blame the chassis. after that, blame the slow Mercedes engine!
      • 5 Years Ago
      he needs to get rid of that understeering chassie... he needs a F1 car with nervus rear to drive faster than all other..
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is a wonderful opinion. The things mentioned are unanimous and needs to be appreciated by everyone. I appreciate the concern which is been rose. The things need to be sorted out because it is about the individual but it can be with everyone.
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      • 5 Years Ago
      Hope it works for him. I want him back in top form competing for wins.
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