January 1, 2011
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3-time champion Lauda still trusts Schumacher to leap back to the top
The major German news agency SID conducted a survey and surprisingly, more than 70 per cent of those surveyed do not believe Michael Schumacher will win an eighth world title in 2011.
The most successful driver in F1 history had a difficult return to the sport in 2010 after 3 years of retirement, finishing ninth in the championship and 70 points behind his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.
Triple world champion Niki Lauda is certainly one who understands Schumacher’s troubles. The Austrian had won 2 titles before he retired in 1979, then returned after a 3-year absence. However, although he initially struggled, he won another championship in 1984. He told Spain’s El Pais newspaper:
"In my second phase in F1, the testing was not limited so I had plenty of
mileage to prepare.
Michael has had trouble adjusting. Furthermore, he has been against a lot
of young guys eager to prove they can beat him, including Rosberg who is
2010 was a year of practice for Schumacher. At first I thought he would
not take more than four races to be back, and winning races has never been
easy, but now it is harder than ever before.
Anyway, if anyone can do what he has to do, it's him."
Over to you: Do you think Schumacher can bounce back from his 2010 struggles?