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Schumacher still chasing glory Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher retired for three seasons before deciding to get back behind the wheel and, at 43, he believes he’s got a few more laps in him. He hasn’t won a race since his final pre-retirement season in 2006 but the German, although circumspect, believes his Mercedes may now be capable of challenging the favourites. “The car is reliable which is already good,” Schumacher says. “The first impression was already quite positive. We were driving out of the box with the car and everything went well, so there is potential. “Victory to me is unlikely, I see Red Bull in front. Behind them it will be tight, and you can be either hero or zero very quickly. It will come down a lot to the ability of how well you will be setting up your car to the respective track.”

Play nice, lads Massa-hamilton feud Tempers boiled over more than a few times last season, Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa clashing several times on track and fractiousness sometimes spilling over into post-race press conferences. They have a history dating back to Hamilton’s championship-winning season, when he snatched the title from under Massa’s nose, in front of his home crowd in Sao Paolo. There was also an incident in which Massa spat champagne at Hamilton. But last year, it escalated, the pair colliding an extraordinary six times in a single season, both men falling over themselves to blame the other, fomenting the existing bad blood between them. At the end of the season, the pair appeared to bury the hatchet but the true test of their rapprochement will come under the pressure of race conditions. Will another prang spark an all-out slanging match?

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European Outlook / Issue 2  

European Outlook / Issue 2

European Outlook / Issue 2  

European Outlook / Issue 2