Michael Schumacher is well into his preparations for his Formula 1 return – and he has no doubt who has to thank for his amazing comeback.
Michael Schumacher – now 41 years old – told BILD that his wife Corinna was the one who kept him “young and fit”.
The seven-time F1 world champion is in Jerez in Spain, and this week he has been sweating as never before.
In spite of the wet and cold, Schumi battered his way through 345 kilometres in 78 laps.
And then, for the first time since 2006, Schumacher stood in front of this reporter – with no trace of fat, face as chiselled as ever and a smart haircut. Only the lines around his eyes hinted at the time which has passed.
Does he have a machine to make him look younger?
Schumi laughed. “No, only the good care from my wife Corinna. She keeps me young and fit.
“Somehow I have managed to delay looking old. In reality I have good genes.”
How was everything going ahead of his comeback?
“I now train less than before. I train more effectively and I am more focused.”
Schumacher turned 41 only 12 days ago but one thing is clear – in the new season he will be more physically fit than most of his rivals who are up to 20 years younger than him.
There is a physiotherapist with him in Jerez and experts from the sport clinic in Bad Nauheim treat him around the clock – as they did during his three year racing break.
And that was an enjoyable period – but then suddenly the passion arose within Schumi, the restless record hunter.
He said: “At the age of 40 I had actually finally given up the idea of a comeback. The races I went to were as boring as they were frustrating. Then came the famous situation in the summer and the question from Ross Brawn in November…”
They sat down and talked over a beer in Abu Dhabi. And Brawn, the tactical genius who led Schumi to all seven of his titles, suggested to his friend a crazy idea – come drive for Mercedes!
And the first race of the season is on March 14 in the Kingdom of Bahrain – will Formula 1 be once again Schumacher’s personal realm?
Yesterday he revealed in Jerez: “In our long term planning we have a clear aim: I want to become world champion with Mercedes GP.
“Maybe it won’t happen in the first year, but in three years time it is realistic.”
It is all part of a 2010 which promises to be an incredible sporting year. First the Winter Olympics, then Schumi, then the World Cup in South Africa. Who will make the headlines?
“We actually hold the best cards at Mercedes”, Cologne fan Schumi added. “I have my fingers crossed for Poldi and the German team that they get as far as they can.”
Archive for January, 2010
Today popstar Nicole Scherzinger an F1 driver Lewis Hamilton made a joint statement declaring that they are no longer girlfriend and boyfriend. They stated they wish to focus on their careers in the future and they remain friends.
In the British yellow press it is rumoured the reason for the split is that due to their busy schedules they were forced to spend too much time apart.
Banned F1 teamchief, Flavio Briatore usually spends the winter vacation at his estate in Kenya – and this is no different this year. He is with his pregnant wife, Elisabetta Gregoraci: