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 NewsHamilton: I will make sure I am stronger than NicoMercedes stubborn over calls for F1 engine unfreezeMercedes oppose call to free up F1 engine developmentMercedes working hard on 2015 car says WolffMercedes celebrate with all staff at Brackley HQHamilton styles it with one kilo gold chainMercedes gifting title ‘bonus’ to staff and F1 worldMercedes braced for a thrilling season finaleWolff: We’re suddenly bad guys because we adhere to rulesHamilton: I dedicate Russian GP victory to Jules Nexy We wont Shumi!!! java agree!