Michael Schumacher Dismissed
Michael Schumacher is a media magnet. He is a lightening-rod for controversy. Statistically, he is arguably the best Formula One driver ever. He is seen by some, to be ruthless, aggressive, relentless and sometimes unsportsmanlike. He is a clever as a fox and undeniably one of the most skilled at getting the most out of the car he’s driving.
We have witnessed feats of greatness and moments of shame. He wears “Teflon” skin as none of the negativity seems to stick to him. He has rewritten the history books and whether you love him or hate him, he has been a part of Formula One for more than entire generation.
Now you can argue some of those points above, but you can’t argue all of them, in good conscience.
At the end of 2006, many argued that he was pushed into retirement to make room for new blood and a new era at Ferrari at the hands of a charging Kimi. It would seem to some, that his excuse of being tired of all the testing and PR duties was just a cover up. We may never know the truth. It was clear to me that after competing at such a high level for years, he just did not know how to simply switch off. The perception was simply that he was not ready to hang up his helmet and the he was essentially…dismissed.
Fast forward into the “now” and Schumi finds himself in a very similar situation. Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton have come to terms on a three-year agreement which essentially has made up Schumacher’s mind up for him.
Now to be honest, he does have options. He can drive for any other team that might be interested in him, Sauber, seemingly being one of them. He can slip into a management or consulting role as I thought might happen before it was announced that Niki Lauda signed with Mercedes in a similar role.
The one option he doesn’t have is to retain his drive at Mercedes AMG as it seems that he again….has been dismissed.
Author: Ernie Black