Wurz: Schumacher comeback was good for F1

Alex WurzNov.15 (GMM) His three-year return to Formula One has been bad for Michael Schumacher’s legacy, but the episode was good for F1.

That is the claim of Alex Wurz, who at the height of the seven time world champion’s powers in the late 90s once famously went wheel-to-wheel with the great German and emerged from the Monaco tunnel with his car in pieces.

A still highly competitive Schumacher retired from F1 in late 2006 but then returned with Mercedes three years later, but – now in his 40s – only managed to add a mere podium to his giddy tally of 91 victories.

Now, after Austin and Brazil in the next two weekends, Schumacher is retiring again.

“He was not able to do what he expected,” Wurz told Sportwoche.

“At the end it is a sign of the times that everything in F1 is so fast-paced, and hard as nails,” he said.

Wurz, however, said he thinks that Schumacher’s comeback was not a total failure.

“The fact that someone who dominated so much was not able to dominate again after [just] a three-year break is a compliment to the drivers who dominate now,” he said.

“It shows that they are the best in the world today,” added Wurz.

For that reason, 2010, 2011 and 2012 will be remembered as “bad for Schumacher, good for F1″, he concluded.

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  • lol

    It also explains why Alonso has won no title since Schumacher retired. If Schumacher was this bad, then Alonso beating him in the Renault days was nothing special.
    Vettel, Hamilton, Kimi etc are all better.

  • Hammad

    2006 title was lost only due to Suzuka 2006. I’ll regret that for my life. That was 1st engine blow in 4 years for Ferrari.

  • Venezia

    Agree with the past comments. I watch f1 just because of him again otherwise I just follow in the sidelines. He now passes his legacy to vettel which at first was hard to accept but now I kinda like it calling them schumeister and baby schumeister. It was good for him and f1 period! Screw you wurz you have no credibility to say that. Michael had fun that’s all there is. I would rather remember his comeback as that and remember merc as a crap team.