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Alonso: Schumacher an inspiration for all drivers of my generation

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Formula 1’s current Old Guard – Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso – heap praise on their former rival, the legendary Michael Schumacher in an upcoming documentary on the German, the Spaniard hailing him as a source of inspiration to his generation of racing drivers.

Invariably, when December comes around thoughts of the great seven-time F1 World Champion surface more prominently than most times simply because since that ill-fated day on 29 December 2013 – on the slopes of the French ski resort of Meribel – he has not uttered a word in public. Michael’s condition has been kept a close secret among the Schumacher inner circle. But the accolades have never stopped.

Almost a decade on from that tragic day, fellow F1 World Champions – Alonso and Hamilton – shared their thoughts about their fellow World Champion in a documentary made for German TV entitled: Being Michael Schumacher.

Alonso, who ended Schumacher’s incredible (and until then unprecedented) run of five F1 world titles in a row for Ferrari, at the turn of the century, said in the same documentary: “I lost more against him than I won!

“He is an incredible driver, he was an inspiration for all drivers of my generation when we were in karting and in the junior formulas to see Michael dominating the sport.”

Hamilton: Michael was a full-out great racer

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“He did change the way of approaching racing, physical preparation, determination, and work ethic into the weekend with the engineers, a lot of things in the sport changed because of Michael. For the better,” declared Alonso, who was World Champion in 2005 and 2006, ending Schumi’s five-year run as King of F1.

“A full-out great racer. He won the race when Ayrton died, winning everything!” Hamilton added in the same interview of Schumacher, who he replaced at Mercedes when the German quit the sport for the final time.

F1 Stats show that Schumacher, in 307 Grand Prix starts scored 155 podiums, 91 of them victories. His last victory was at the 2006 Chinese Grand Prix, the year he retired for the first time.

He returned as a Mercedes driver, spearheading the Silver Arrows’ return to F1 with Nico Rosberg, for a winless three-year spell from 2010 until Schumi retired from F1 at the end of 2012.