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.”
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As you probably know by now, Michael Schumacher will return next year to Formula One as Mercedes GP’s driver. Schumi, 41, will be by far the oldest driver on the track and he returns after three years of F1-abstinence.
His wife, Corninna has always been very supportive of Michael and it isn’t any different now either:
“It’s true that Michael’s decision to compete in Formula One races again is very unexpectedly turning our family life upside down. When he told me that Ross had called, however, I immediately felt that he was on fire again. As a matter of fact, Michael’s passion for racing is enormous and without this deep passion all that would not have been possible. This passion made Michael who he is today.
I got to know him as a racing driver and, even then, I always had every confidence in him. He knows exactly what he’s doing and he knows as well that I’m always supporting him. Michael simply needs challenges – that’s just the way he is. I can really understand his decision and, to be honest, I actually think it’s great!”
– she is quoted saying by Michael’s official website.
Sorry that I neglected this blog in the last two months. Now, I want to take it up where I left, so I start with some sweet pics about Corinna and Michael Schumacher (who are still my favourite F1 couple and you can see it on these pics why). These were made on their 14th wedding anniversary at the beginning of August, when Michael was preparing for his (since the failed) F1 comeback with a little karting. The pics were published by Bild.de today.
Michael Schumacher offers his house in Vufflens-le-Chateau for sale. The seven times F1 World Champion moved to the nearby Gland not too long ago with his family, so he is now trying to get rid of their old house. The price he is offering it for is 8.7 million Swiss Franks, however because of the economical crisis he could not find a buyer yet. So he is also ready to rent it out for 29 000 Franks monthly.
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Motorsport is a dynastic sport, at least racing drivers are often followed by their children into the sport. I have made a research on sons and daughters of famous or less famous F1 drivers and where are they with their career progress.
What’s up with other “sons of”?
Michael Andretti: The classical example of failing to live up to a great name – at least in F1, because in IndyCar he was successful.
Marco Andretti: Michael’s son. Already the third generation of the Andrettis. He is still only 22, so who knows, maybe he will get his chance in F1. In IndyCar he has won a race and took a pole position.
Greg and Leo Mansell: Nigel Mansell’s sons. Greg is 21 and Leo is 23. Theoretically they still would have time to make it into F1 but I will be very surprised if they do. Last year they were racing in the Atlantic Championship and finished an unimpressive 10th (Greg) and 19th (Leo) overall. Leo is taking part at the Le Mans 24 hours race right now.
Nicolas Prost: The son of Alain Prost. He is now 27, so he will hardly ever make it into F1. To be fair to him he only started to race after finishing his studies at the age of 22. He won races in the 2006 and 2007 Spanish F3 Championships and his biggest success as a driver was winning the Euroseries 3000 Championship last year, but that’s hardly something that will catapult him into F1. Like Leo Mansell he too is racing in Le Mans now.
Mathias Lauda: He is also 27, last year he was racing in DTM, scoring only one point. His manager is his brother Lukas.
Christian Jones: 29-year-old son of 1981 WDC Alan Jones. It has to be noted that he is an adopted child. As a teenager he was a fairly successful kart racer back in Australia. He also had some good results in feeder series like the Australian Formula Ford Championship where he finished 2nd in 1998, the Asian Formula Three Championship which he won in 2004 or in the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia where he finished 3rd. But of course his age makes it not very probable that he will ever end up in F1.
Joshua Hill: 17-year-old son of Damon Hill. He finished 3rd in the 2008 Ginetta Junior Series and won the Ginetta Junior Winter Championship.
Alex Brundle: 18-year-old son of ex-driver and commentator, Martin Brundle. Currently he is racing in the new Formula Two series. He was born on the 7th of August, 1990. He started his career in 2006 in the British T Car series where he finished 8th with two podium finishes. Later that year he participated in the Formula Palmer Audi Autumn Trophy. In 2007 he moved to the Formula Palmer Audi championship and later in the year returned to the Autumn Trophy. 2008 saw his second season in the Formula Palmer Audi championship where he finished sixth overall with three podiums and his very first pole position.
Max Verstappen: 11-year-old son of Jos Verstappen. He is racing karts. Currently he was in the news for finishing 2nd in his first international kart test in Spain.
Mick Schumacher: 10-year-old son of Michael Schumacher. Although Michael is always trying to downplay the chance that his son may follow his footsteps, but that’s probably just to take away from the pressure that might be on him because of his name. In fact, little Mickey does race karts regularly! 2009 is his second season in the Bambini class of the famous Kerpen Club Championship. He has made great progress since last year and he is often on the podium and sets very fast laps but he is yet to win a race. Last time he was close sencond twice though.
Two videos from 2001 in which Michael Schumacher gives a little insight into his private life:
Michael Schumacher got back on his motorbike yesterday at a test at the Nürburgring. He was accompanied by his wife Corinna and his friend Heribert Füngeling.
Michael said on his website that they had a great day, he was surprised how well that went after he suffered a big crash with injuries back in February. His lap times were good too. Despite of that he decided not to take part in the next IDM race on the 31st of May, because he doesn’t feel 100% fit yet for a race.
Pics from yesterday: