From YAHOO Eurosport.com - Pat Symonds
on Michael Schumacher 2010 season and for 2011
''Finally, the 57-year-old offered his views on the off-colour return to competition last year of record-breaking multiple F1 World Champion Schumacher, who he helped to engineer to the first two of his seven drivers’ crowns in the top flight at Benetton back in 1994 and 1995. Whilst confessing that he is a fully-fledged member of the ‘Schumi’ fan club, Symonds concedes that the 91-time grand prix-winner’s best days may now sadly be behind him.
“Firstly, I have to say I was very surprised,” he revealed. “When it was announced that he was coming back, I absolutely thought he’d be racing at the front. I have so much respect for that guy; he’s a wonderful driver, he’s a wonderful person to be honest and I really, really was rooting for him last year and I really felt for him when it didn’t go as well as we all hoped it would.
“Will he get back [to his best]? I don’t know. One of the things I know about Michael from working with him is that he can adapt his driving style to any car – those who remember that classic race in ’94 in Barcelona when he was stuck in fifth gear will appreciate just how good he is at adapting – so to say the car didn’t suit him I find a little bit difficult to believe, because I think he would have adapted to it very quickly.
“One can say that at the end of the year he was more competitive than at the beginning and I think that’s true, but he didn’t quite do what I expected so I’m not so sure it’s still there. I think he’s found a good rival in Nico [Rosberg – team-mate] and I think he’s going to have to work very hard. I hope, hope, hope that he does it this year, because I really believe he deserves it – he is one of the greatest champions our sport has ever had, and I really want to see him leave on top again.”
Pat Symonds rocks !
Edited by 7timesbetterthantherest, 28 January 2011 - 04:27.