Apr.24 (GMM) Two former grand prix drivers have called for patience amid criticism of Michael Schumacher's return to formula one this year.
After the first four races of the seven time world champion's comeback, the 41-year-old is 40 points behind his teammate Nico Rosberg, who has outqualifed him at every venue so far."I'm not worried about Michael Schumacher," said Frenchman Jacques Laffite, who won six grands prix in the 70s and 80s."The (Mercedes) car just does not fit his driving style," the 66-year-old told Germany's Auto Motor und Sport."You can see on the track that he is struggling with understeer," said the TF1 commentator.Mercedes will debut a significant update, including new wheelbase and weight distribution package, at the Spanish grand prix, and Laffite thinks Barcelona "will be better" for Schumacher.Fellow GP veteran and commentator Martin Brundle, who like Lafitte is contesting the opening round of the new Volkswagen Scirocco R Cup at Hockenheim this weekend, also backed his former Benetton teammate Schumacher."I believe in his abilities," said the Briton."I think he needs more time. If I was seeing the same results in September then I would be worried."The fact that there is no testing is difficult for him," added Brundle, who insists he has seen "the old Schumacher magic once or twice" this year in practice sessions.