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Schumacher 'has lost his edge'

2011-12-21 12:35

Berlin - Heinz-Harald Frentzen says that Michael Schumacher has become hesitant and indecisive because of his age.

On the Daily News and Analysis website, the IANS news agency quotes Frentzen as saying: "As you grow older, you tend to hesitate and become indecisive whether or not to push and take risks. You lose precious tenths of a second. I think, Michael is at that stage in his career."

Frentzen and fellow German Schumacher were rivals from their early days in karting and were later partners in Mercedes' junior sports car racing programme, where they were equally competitive, but in Formula One, Schumacher went on to dominate the sport with seven world championships, whereas Frentzen only ever achieved three wins.

“I think, I took the wrong decisions while Michael (Schumacher) took the right ones,” said Frentzen.

“In 1994, I joined Sauber and later that year, I had an offer from Williams as a replacement for Ayrton Senna who died in a crash. I rejected the offer as Sauber had given me a break into Formula One, but when I eventually joined Williams in 1997, things had changed in the team. I had some good races and bad, but after I retired in 2003, I have never really missed Formula One."

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Comments
  • willie.vanwyk2 - 2011-12-21 13:31

    Boet this guy owned you and will still kick your ass anyday, student trying to teach the master, you were probably old when you started!!!

      nadine.devilliers - 2011-12-21 16:16

      I don't think he is going to read it you queer... you were probably already fat when you met your wife...

  • willie.vanwyk2 - 2011-12-21 13:33

    O yes before i forget, You Jealous Prick!!!!

      nadine.devilliers - 2011-12-21 16:16

      O yes before i forget, you dont have one do you?

  • Dusan - 2011-12-21 13:35

    You say he has "lost his edge" ? Yet he manages to beat Vettel in the Race of Champions when he has the same car ... Put him back in a Ferrari and you will see how good he still is

      Dusan - 2011-12-21 16:29

      Ogier won the event. Heres the result between Vettel and Schumi in the quarter final : http://www.examiner.com/formula-one-in-national/schumacher-beats-vettel-but-goes-down-to-defeat-race-of-champions

  • Hans - 2011-12-21 13:47

    His race times tell you otherwise. He still has what it takes to compete at that level.

  • jdbothma - 2011-12-21 13:48

    In F1 you will always be measured against your team mate. MS was great, but he's holding up a young and upcoming rookie somewhere. HHF is perhaps just still bitter that his old g/f ended up marrying MS.

  • Jan - 2011-12-21 14:10

    Why does anyone pay any attention to what Frenzen says? Michael may not be the top driver anymore, but he is still amongst the best, despite his age. I believe that he is still making a tremendous contribution to F1 and the motoring world. I am sure he is still on the scene because it is worthwhile to the owners of his team. In F1 no one remains on loyalty points.

  • blackcid - 2011-12-21 14:13

    Yeah the girlfriend thing probably has him bad still. Schumi is a legend and he can and is proving to worth every penny I send on Super Sport. Echo: You Jealous Prick!!!!

  • hc12345 - 2011-12-21 14:53

    Give him a Red Bull..he will make everyone else look like an amateur..

      jdbothma - 2011-12-21 15:32

      Not sure this is going to happen either. I'm a MS fan, but Rosberg out-scored and out-qualified him for the last two years.

  • Johnny - 2011-12-21 16:50

    Frenzen is still sore about Schumi stealing his then girlfriend!!

      fizzayy - 2011-12-22 14:09

      correction ... Frenzen's ex girlfriend and Schumachers wife ;)

  • cobus.fenwick - 2011-12-28 23:43

    How could he missed F1, there was nothing for him to miss. He misses Corina and a great part of life for critisizing the Master. Obviously did he make the wrong choices and MS the right ones, that goes with ability to make the choices. Nobody forced him to make his choices. Wonder how he is chosing in his private life? For a admitted failure of choices, he is very brave to say that MS is not making the right choices at the moment, no wonder Corina picked Michael. Put Vettel in a Merc and he wil not win races, that says it all.

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