Michael Schumacher’s return to Formula One hasn’t gone as well as he had hoped and it seems it hasn’t gone as well as F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone had hoped for either. According to Reuters, the venerable ringmaster of Formula 1 says he’d rather Schumacher have not come back at all:
“I would rather he had stopped as a seven-time world champion than stopping now,” Ecclestone told the official formula1.com website.
“People new to the sport – people who have joined the F1 fan fraternity just recently – will remember Michael now, not as he was. They don’t see the hero that he was but the human that can fail,” said Ecclestone.
Schumacher failed to win any races and found himself contemplating a possible contract extension while Mercedes was securing the services of Lewis Hamilton. Schumacher lost his first seat at Ferrari to title contender Fernando Alonso and now he’s lost a seat to Hamilton.
The 82-year-old said that it’s important to know when to throw the towel in and make way for a younger generation. He used the moment to add clarity on his own situation:
“I think the important thing is…to know when you can’t do what you used to do anymore and then hand it over to somebody else. I hope that’s what I can do: when I feel I can’t deliver, I will certainly say goodbye,” he said.
“Probably the bad thing with me is that I put in lots of effort to build Formula One the way it is now, so this is my baby and I want to look after it. Sooner or later we’re going to have to get a babysitter. When that will be, who knows? I am in very good shape.”
Apparently Ecclestone is still delivering and winning and the 43-year-old Schumacher is not.