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Moss: Schumi no longer good enough

Thursday 29th April 2010

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Moss: Schumi no longer good enough

Moss: Schumi no longer good enough

Mika Hakkinen and Bernie Ecclestone may be confident that Michael Schumacher will win a race before the season is out, but Sir Stirling Moss believes the seven-times World Champion is "probably past it".

Schumacher has been a shadow of his former self since coming out of retirement and he can't blame all his woes on his car as his less-fancied team-mate Nico Rosberg is second in the Drivers' Championship after claiming two podiums.

Of course, some people like Hakkinen and Ecclestone think it is only a matter of time before the 41-year-old returns to the top.

However, F1 legend Sir Stirling Moss is less upbeat about Schumacher's chances and warns he is damaging his reputation.

"He's a highly intelligent bloke, and I really can't see... all he's going to do is damage his achievements," Sir Stirling told the Metro.

"People are going to say he's past it now, which he probably is."

With Rosberg doing so well, Sir Stirling believes Schumacher finally has a "comparable" team-mate.

"We've never seen Michael with a number two who's been comparable," he added. "He had Rubens Barrichello who no doubt is an extremely good driver, but not necessarily a winner.

"Michael's greatest contribution was bringing English engineers to Ferrari.

"Ross Brawn and those chaps brought Ferrari from being has-beens back to the front. Because he didn't have a comparable team-mate it was very difficult to know how much of it was down Michael and how much was the car.

"People say he's the best because he has seven World titles, but that doesn't mean anything really.

"Well, it does mean something - it's a hell of an achievement - but it doesn't mean he's the greatest ever."

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