Mercedes to replace Schumacher's chassis for Barcelona

Michael Schumacher (GER), Mercedes GP Petronas, Chinese Grand Prix, 16.04.2010 Shanghai, China
Michael Schumacher (GER), Mercedes GP Petronas, Chinese Grand Prix, 16.04.2010 Shanghai, China / Copyright: Batchelor / xpb

Michael Schumacher will not only have an upgraded car in Spain, it will also be a completely different chassis.

Mercedes' Norbert Haug suggested after the Chinese grand prix, where the seven time world champion was comprehensively beaten all weekend by his teammate, that the 41-year-old's actual chassis is carrying an inherent problem.

"I think we need to replace his chassis for Barcelona," Haug is quoted as saying by the German broadcaster Sky.

Nico Rosberg qualified the sister W01 seven tenths faster than Schumacher's, and then finished on the podium, nearly a minute ahead of his famous countryman.

"Don't worry: Michael has not forgotten how to drive," said Haug, after Niki Lauda slammed Schumacher's driving as "mediocre".

24-year-old Rosberg, meanwhile, denied that the result in Shanghai is confirmation about who is Mercedes' number one driver in 2010.

"It's definitely not the case," he said. "It's even between us. Of course I'm very, very happy with the way it's going for me, but we both get the same possibilities."

Source: GMM
Published Apr 18th, 2010 7:12pm
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Aesthetics Aesthetics
they are making a chassis for schumacher? he is definitely back LOL
Apr 19th, 2010 12:12pm
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joelynn joelynn
or Schumacher's days are past- his last championship was 6 years ago and the game has moved on. He should have stayed a god, rather than return to show he is a mere mortal.
Apr 19th, 2010 1:37am
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I think it would be premature to write of shumacher. In today's F1 the car plays just as much of a factor as the driver, not to mention there are many good/competitive drivers on the field. Shanghai showed that shumacher is still hungry and in it to win- but the car and balance is just not there yet. With the limited winter testing teams/drivers have to learn and adjust the cars in the regular racing season which plays a huge burden on the team. Even if Shumacher only left for a couple of years the cars and rules have changed significantly! So just give him some more time - i mean come on he is finishing with points in the standings and that has gotta count for something!
Apr 19th, 2010 2:18am
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bone91 bone91
yup, Sutil,Luizzi and Alguersuari have points too. Even rookie Petrov have points. I'll still say they should focus on Nico winning the title not Schumi.
Apr 19th, 2010 5:18am
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vertigobike vertigobike
Schumy´s just giving a head-start to his opponents... to make things more interesting!... you haven´t seen nothing yet... just wait until the next GPs!! We´ll nail them all!! GO-GO SCHUMACHER 7-TIMES F1 WORLD CHAMPION!! ;-D Obrigado
Apr 18th, 2010 11:15pm
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