With Schumacher's return to F1 in the silver-arrowed race suit for Mercedes GP being the main topic of discussion, the media obviously focused on questioning the 41-year old German about his “new” F1 career. And this is where things turned ugly.
First, a member of the media present at the press conference asked Schumacher to give his view on the fact that he'll partner the son of former F1 champion Keke Rosberg at Mercedes. For those of you who don't know, the Finnish champion stated that the series is better off without a sportsman like Michael Schumacher (during the Monaco Grand Prix), obviously referring to his non-sportsman conduct, rather than his racing skills.
While Schumacher calmly answered there's no problem with partnering Rosberg in 2010, the German then put on a more sarcastic face when being asked if “he is returning to F1 in order to prove he can win without resorting to questionable tactics,” as showed in a report from the GMM news agency.
“91 victories, seven titles, you win only in a bad way. Absolutely. Yeah, you're right, I need to prove (myself) now,” said Schumacher.
The reporter did not back down and rectified the question, telling Schu that he had referred to the style of his winning, rather than his obvious wins and world titles in the series.
“Yeah, I know. I did win all this in the manner in which you are trying to ask questions,” hit back Schumacher, putting an end to the controversial exchange of Q&As.