I happen to agree, unlike a young bloke he has nothing at all to gain staying with a slow car.
If the car's a dog this year and not progressing he will either be out for good or an "absolute surety of wins" team - RBR or back to the Red.
It wouldn't surprise me at all to see Michael stay in F1 for another few years, but whether it will be with Merc or not, is yet to be seen. I get the impression that he's not going to wait around and see if the current Mercedes crew can develop a competitive car. I think unless they deliver this year, or actively bring in the right people to compete, he may open his options up to a potential driver move alongside Vettel at Redbull with the idea to work as a stop gap until the Redbull youngsters are properly seasoned. He also adds great scope for future development and gets on well with Vettel.
marchi-91 legend and expensive racer legend I think to have the Daimler chairman Dieter Zetsche always singing positive tunes about having Schumacher around is clear sign of support, and while redbull could be a choice-bernie eccellstone's opinon of what he may like to see as well-it wouldn't be ideal and or as unique as winning with Mercedes-a historic car manufactuer,, which happened to help Schumahcer into f1, but never raced with them as a team in f1, it's unfinished business, and Brawn is in the game as well, the ingredients are there, when ferrari hadn't won in like 20 years before MS won, it was a unique title, and the Merdeces as a name-forgetting mclaren hasn't been touched for 50 years, the brand would mean more for MS-.
You say he's not going to wait around, but he's been patient for 2 seasons-one of his strengths, despite risking his comeback with them, it would be a dissapointment for all concerned if mercedes can't pull it off, at the same time, what driver has won 7 titles across 2 teams, and when did Schumacher win titles with Benetton and Ferrari in the 1st 2 years?
Things seem to happen for MS in the 3rd year:
Benetton 1992-1993-then 1994 title, I know Benetton won races in 92-93, current competition in 2012 looks strong
Ferrari 1996-1997-I think Jacques and Williams should of won the title earlier, Schumacher and Ferrari didn't look settled as a force until 1999-broken leg-bringed it home in 2000, great driving in 97/98 masked a progressing team.
Schumacher's style would wanna make him see out this mercedes challenge, only if it's not looking good, do I see a last minute swap about to another team, but it's all risky man, Senna moved to Williams in 94-and that team had problems early on-expected to win. You don't wanna leave as well at the wrong times-Kimi moved to ferrari in 2007, Mclaren maybe cheated-but they fielded winning cars in 20072008, or you could say bascially ferrari vs ferrari cars, if they hadn't had cheated, Kimi I think would of battled with Massa.
But there are a number of drivers
Who have been in f1 for various years and have gotten 1 title to their name, or in case of Alonso-he's not had a title since 2006, that's 6 years man, he hasn't won since his michelin days, that drought is alot more serious-because he's now in ferrari in his 3rd year, they missed out in his 1st year 2010, Kimi in 2001 to 2006, nothing, close calls, had to move team-inherit Schumacher's seat ferrari-1 title to his name, nothing after, and coming back for a 2nd title with his 3rd team.
Buttom from year 2000-nothing until 2009, 1 title, brawn advantage year, nothing since, no pressure, no expectations, but a solid mclaren drive-winning races title or not
Hamilton one title in 2007, now going into his 5th year without a 2nd title, missed out in his 1st year 2007 kinda like Jacques in 1997, 2010 opportunities-2011-waste of a year and putting on pressure on his rivals.
Schumacher's been back for 2 years, his situation maybe different, but age is not a problem yet, but it's not ideal to wait too long and he's patient , at the same time he's not the only one who's waiting, but he's looking for some race wins at least, like mclaren/ferrari have enjoyed, and that's gotta be a target ASAP for mercedes.
Edited by SeanValen, 28 February 2012 - 18:20.