Speaking at the Autosport International Show over the weekend, retired steering wheel attendants Martin Brundle, John Surtees and Jody Scheckter have held up the banner for 7 time world champion Michael Schumacher suggesting that Schumacher's return to F1 should not be judged by results but by his personal success of finishing the season with his head still held off his shoulders.
Schumacher's 2010 return to F1 was very underwhelming as he was categorically outpaced by his team mate Nico Rosberg, son of 1982 World Champion, Keke Rosberg. Nico, being 17 years junior of Schumacher, may not have the experience of the 7 time world champion but brought something to his driving Schumacher couldn't, youth.
So, is it fair to cut the old champion some slack in a competition geared towards success and winning while being powered by the biggest motivator in the world, money? Apparently so, but only if you ask an ageing F1 driver who never managed to climb to the top step of the podium, let alone win a championship. Yeah Brundle, we are looking at you!