Niki Lauda Thinks Michael Schumacher Should Retire from F1
More precisely Niki Lauda does not think Michael Schumacher will make a success of his comeback and suspects the Mercedes driver will retire if he is honest with himself about the situation. Lauda speaks of his similar personal experience back in 1982. After spending two years out of the sport he made a comeback and went to win his third title in 1984.
However, when he finished the championship on the tenth position and with 59 points behind his McLaren team-mate Alain Prost the following year, he took the decision to step down from the podium and retire. Moreover Lauda drew comparisons between his 1985 season and Schumacher’s current one revealed by Motor Sport magazine.
"I have always been a big supporter of Michael's comeback - because I did it, and I know what it's all about. Last year we understood he needed time to get used to these different cars, plus the handicap of not being able to test and all the rest of it. I felt that this year was the last chance for the comeback to happen properly if it was going to - and this year is the same as last. I think every sportsman - if he wants to perform as well as Schumacher did in the past - has to be honest with himself. He has kept saying that he needs more time, blah, blah, blah, and he presents himself as the relaxed guy who's really enjoying it - but inside he's not relaxed at all, because no top racing driver enjoys being beaten. If he really were as relaxed as he claims to be, then Mercedes should tell him to retire!" Niki Lauda was quoted as saying by ESPN F1.