Lauda predicts victory for Schumacher in 2012 10 May, 2012 Niki Lauda with Michael Schumacher May 10 (GMM) Niki Lauda is sure Michael Schumacher will return to victory this year, despite the seven times F1 world champion not yet making it on to a grand prix podium since his comeback in 2010. As Mercedes took a step forwards with its new W03 car in 2012, it was the famous seven time world champion’s teammate Nico Rosberg who tasted success first, securing pole and victory in China last month. But triple world champion Lauda told Germany’s Bild newspaper: “Michael Schumacher will win this year. “Finally Mercedes are good enough to be able to attack the best.” Schumacher, 43, has not been on the podium since he returned to F1 in 2010. The German has also played down the team’s chances on the demanding Circuit de Catalunya this weekend, even though Mercedes is debuting a new ultra-light carbon gearbox in Barcelona. Lauda, meanwhile, played down Schumacher’s widely-reported criticisms of this year’s Pirelli tyres, which have seen him labelled either a sore loser or a spoil-sport amid the exciting 2012 season. “Schumi can’t spoil formula one,” laughed the Austrian legend. “He has been in the business so many years — he knows how it works. “I see Rosberg’s success as spurring him on rather than frustrating him. He will fight through it,” predicted Lauda. Tweet Related NewsItalian Grand Prix. Mercedes preview MonzaMercedes under fire for Three Stooges style managementRosberg: I apologise to Lewis and the teamHamilton: I feel it would be wrong to point fingersMercedes: Nico and Lewis free to race but no contactHave Mercedes bosses lost control of their drivers?Mercedes seek guidance from fans and big bossRicciardo could steal title from Mercedes duo warns HakkinenMercedes: Hot heads should be cooled this weekCivil war persists at Mercedes in aftermath of Spa clash Nexy We wont Shumi!!! java agree!