This weekend’s race in Belgium will signal the 20th anniversary of Michael Schumacher’s appearance on the F1 scene. The backdrop couldn’t be more picturesque and perhaps few drivers have been linked so elementally with the Spa Francorchamps circuit than Schumacher. The 7-time world champion made his debut here 20 years ago in a Jordan F1 car.
This weekend’s celebration at Mercedes GP were bolstered by the kind words of Sauber team owner Peter Sauber as he told SID:
“The reasons for his comeback are none of our business. But still today I say Michael is a credit to F1 even if he does not fight for victories,” said Sauber.
“I still find him as a balanced and relaxed individual. My impression is that at the moment he is handling a not easy situation very well.”
The return of Schumacher has not been easy and some are still calling for or arguing that he will step down at the end of this season but Sauber sees it differently:
“Those are speculations that I don’t want to comment on,” he added. “Next year I am sure he will still be driving, I am convinced that naturally he will fulfil his contractual commitments. What happens after cannot be predicted. However, I had never thought back then that he would make a comeback.”
It’s nice to see some recogniztion that is complimentary of his tenure in F1 and his continued presence. Some detractors think he is depriving some young man a seat at Mercedes GP but I, like Sauber, feel he is good for the sport and will continue to be as long as he stays.