Watch out for Schumacher warns Glock

Michael Schumacher (GER) Mercedes GP with Timo Glock (GER) Virgin Racing,  Formula One World Championship, Rd 19, Brazilian Grand Prix, Race, Interlagos, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday 27 November 2011.

Michael Schumacher with Timo Glock

Jan.25 (GMM) It is a mistake to write off Michael Schumacher warns fellow countryman Timo Glock, who drives for the back-of-the-grid Marussia team.

Seven timesF1 world champion, 43-year-old Schumacher,  is looking ahead to the third and final season of his comeback contract, having so far failed to score a single podium with the Mercedes team.

“You can’t underestimate him in any way,” Germany’s Sky Sports News HD quotes Glock as saying.

“He is highly motivated and still someone who you always have to take into consideration.”

Former driver Derek Warwick, however – the new president of the Silverstone-owning British Racing Drivers’ Club – is not so sure.

He predicts the great German will be having “sleepless nights” as he looks ahead to another year of being beaten by his teammate Nico Rosberg.

“I think the Mercedes will be quick this year as they continue to develop their challenge to the big three at the front,” he told the Sun.

“So can Schumacher win a race? Yes, but it will probably at the default of Rosberg, because Rosberg has now shown what a magnificent grand prix driver he is,” said Warwick.

According to Glock, the obvious favourite for 2012 is Sebastian Vettel.

“What he did in the past two years was phenomenal,” Glock is quoted as saying by SID news agency. “In terms of consistency, he will be hard to beat.”

1980 world champion Alan Jones hopes Vettel’s teammate Mark Webber can match that form.

“He probably knows that he’s got to do it this year, and he’s at his fittest and most determined,” the Australian told Fox Sports News. “I put him down as a real dark horse to be honest.”

  • gburg3

    I am the biggest Mercedes fan, but even I want to see some fire from Rosberg. I’ve been re-watching the 2011 season and on several occasions Nico blew chances for places that would have kept him in podium contention. I truly think that he just doesn’t have the stuff of Alonso, Hamilton, or even Vettel. I will blame much of their lack of sucess on the car. It is just a few seconds too slow to compete with Red Bull and Ferarri, but to say that “Rosberg has now shown what a magnificent grand prix driver he is” has to make me think that Warwick isn’t watching the same races as I am.

  • GPFanatic

    @gburg3

    Probably true. Never did Nico ever held on to his position. He is a quick starter. Jumping 3-4 positions during the first lap. But it’s as good as you get. I haven’t seen him race like hell like MS did with Hamilton and the other top six drivers. Even if the pits would say that “you are free to race” during the times when they are running consecutively, it almost always ends up with MS ahead…

  • Sennauno

    next weeks article: ‘Glock a waste of talent at Marussia’ says Schumacher :)

  • Sennauno

    Im getting an itchy neck looking at that photo