• Jul 13th 2010 at 6:31PM
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Michael Schumacher's triumphant comeback has been anything but. The seven-time world champion has been consistently outpaced by his junior team-mate Nico Rosberg, who most recently scored a podium finish at this past weekend's British Grand Prix while Schumi could manage no better than ninth. The question on everyone's minds, then, has been whether he'll stay for another season.

According to Jackie Stewart, Michael could – or at least should – call it quits. Sir Jackie retired at the top of his game, a three-time world champion, and evaluates Schumacher's return from retirement as a mistake. Bernie Ecclestone seems to agree, but blames the team and the car they've provided, claiming that if Schumi were driving a Red Bull, he'd be back on pace immediately instead of languishing behind the wheel of a sub-par chassis. For Schumacher's part, the champ has conceded that his performance this season has eliminated his chance for the title, and that he's shifted his focus on preparing for the 2011 championship instead.

If he does retire at the end of this season instead of fulfilling his contract through 2012, who would fill Schumacher's seat? Related rumors suggest Kimi Raikkonen. The Finnish champion, who left F1 for the World Rally Championship at the end of last season, has been tipped to join Renault next season, but was reportedly visited recently by Mercedes racing chief Norbert Haug.

[Sources: Autosport, ESPN, grandprix.com | Image: Luca Bruno/AP]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      If anyone watched the British GP he mentioned that he did not want to leave and he will be there next season. Bit unsure if Kimi will be be back next season. Renault just signed Kubica for another two years. Im tempted to say Massa will leave and Kimi will take his place. More likely a smaller team though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Come on Schumi, quit Farven' it up.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Brett Favre took the Vikings to the NFC championship game... sadly, Michael has a hard time making it out of Q2!
      • 5 Years Ago
      How could it be evaluated as a mistake??? Well maybe if your only goal is to become the brightest legend... When you truly love the sport, when you love the racing, you have to say "yes" when opportunity pops up. Obviously with any challenge comes the possibility of losses, but fighters fight.
      I can't imagine anyone would say "no" should M-B ask.

      No one will erase Michael from historic records anyways.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Amen, brother. Too right. If you love to race, you race.

        Personally, I think Brawn GP was on such a shoestring after Honda left them with that brilliant 2009 chassis that they didn't have the resources for the 2010 car until it was too late. Yes, even with the sub-par car, Rosberg has been showing up Schumacher but that doesn't detract from his will to race or his accomplishments.
        • 5 Years Ago
        So right. He doesn't need to prove anything to anyone. He's won the Championship seven times and he's still competitive. 'Nuff said, although I would like to see him show the young whippersnappers a thing or two.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Look at how old Rubens Barrichello is. That sucker is still racing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Screw the munchkins.

      I don't like Schumacher's style, but if Ross Brawn is willing to give him a car next year, I think he should take it and do his best to prove the little critics wrong. Whether he succeeds or not, he deserves another chance to run hard and try to show he's still got his chops.
      • 5 Years Ago
      cowboy bob got it right. i said more or less the same thing 3 weeks ago and got roundly
      bood for my opinion. you cant take a 3 year vaction from f1 and still expect to mantain
      your 'edge' especial at his age. its a young mans game. now some of his glory will
      have a touch of tarnish on the edges. pity.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Honestly who really takes Jackie Stewart and Bernie Ecclestone seriously at this point?

      Schumacher is practically driving last year's car from Brawn GP which is nowhere near as fast as the cars from McLaren or Red Bull. The fact that he's been out for 3 years reflects on the fact that he's slower than Nico and that's completely understandable.

      Yet despite these disadvantages Michael still manages to beat most of the field during most races and in some cases manages to come in ahead of Alonso and Massa from Ferrari. What does that say then?

      You wouldn't expect Alonso and Massa to retire now because they haven't been on the podium very much, so it's complete nonsense to apply the same logic to Schumacher.

      Give him a break! He's been out 3 years and has nothing to prove!
        • 5 Years Ago
        As I said, Schumacher has been out for 3 seasons so it's understandable that he would be slower. And most of the time he's only one or two spots down, so it's not as if it's an enormous gap.

        And I do recall Michael out-qualifying Nico at least once.
      • 5 Years Ago
      He's not in it for the money, he has more than he would ever dream of.

      He wants to prove something to himself, something no one knows but Schumi, that is something you can't take away from a man.

      Especially one that has proven himself several times over, its hard for guys like him to call it quits when they're trying to be triumphant.

      Schumi will know when the right time to retire is, I have a feeling that he has a gut feeling that he can do better than this.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Comeback attempts:
      Michael Jordan
      Lance Armstrong
      George Foreman
      Micheal Schumacher

      Successful comeback attempts . . . Help me out here (either category)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Celebrity Michaels don't make good comebacks.
        Michael Jordan
        Michael Jackson
        Michael Schumacher... lol.

        okay but seriously he's not that bad. Would be a good development driver for the team if anything..if he really wants to stay in an F1 car.
        • 5 Years Ago

        So was Michael Jordan, who came back after his initial retirement due to the murder of his father. His second comeback with the Wizards...not so much.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Randy Couture
        • 5 Years Ago
        Niki Lauda, Nigel Mansell (sort of).

        As to Raikkonen, would be interesting to see Kimi and Michael in the same team :-P.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Human: George Foreman's "comeback" resulted in a Heavy Weight title belt. It was so successful he made even more $$$ selling chicken grills. :) :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Pummers I don't know the boxing stuff all that well, I'm only old enough to remember the second comeback . . . and the grill.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Jordan comeback #1 after a proper offseason to get in shape provided 3 straight championships. Lance Armstrong after losing a ball. Etc etc
      • 5 Years Ago
      Awwwww cheer up Will Schumacher
      • 5 Years Ago
      If anyone should be out of F1 and thrown in the wrinkle ranch, it should be Ecclestone.

      MS needs to get a more competitive car (I never thought a MB F1 factory team would be a dud) to see if he still measures up before he throws in the towel.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Michael won't leave after this season. He will want to be involved in the development of the 2011 car. Then if he is uncompetitive in that car then I think he might decide to not race the final year of his contract.

      Michael wanted MB to stop developing this year's car and start working on the 2011 car but MB said no which was the right thing to do since Rosberg has been doing well in it.
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