Lets talk what's realistic
magazine sport issue 169
He's not old as most 41 year old guys are, The key
"Don't underestimate him. He'll make it work." Eddie Jordan
"It took me seven years to win my first race because it's not easy. Michael has returned with a new team and it will take a really long time to adapt to the car, the new regulations and his team. I think he will get better, but it's going to be tough."
"The german trains for between two and three hours a day which is similar, if not more then when he was in his 20s. He trains at an attitude of 1000-2000 metres which helps to increase oxygen intake and his average heart rate of 130-140 is unheart of in motorsport."
Now we need to compare other drivers average hear rates compared to his, and I'm sure he's one of the leaders if not up there. I think he could go strong for 6-7 years in f1, but I see him doing like 3-4 years and maybe 5, if he's this fit in his early 40s, he'll be on Rubens level in his 50s at worst.
I don't think M Schumachers fitness has every really been in question despite his age. His fitness is easilly good enough to compete in F1 and as you say good enough to compete for some years to come. Both he and Ross have said he is as sharp now as he was in 2006.
His real genuine concern is can he be a success without the magic formula of money, key personel, testing, preferential treatment that he had at Ferrari? 10 races in...things arent looking exactly promising for him or his fans...
Edited by man, 23 July 2010 - 10:15.