From Shumi to Shoo-Me

Karthik RanganathanCorrespondent IApril 8, 2009

29 Jan 2002:  Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher of Germany during the Formula One Grand Prix testing at the Circuit De Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. DIGITAL IMAGE \ Mandatory Credit: Mark Thompson/Getty Images

Only in my previous write-up after the Sepang race did I say Ferrari lacked the strategic capabilities of the Brawn-Todt-Schumacher combination and already news started to pour defying a part of it.

While I blamed Kimi and his team for the “wet tyres on a dry track” incident, it looks like this was an ingenious idea of Schumacher himself. He tried to be a bit too optimistic, hoping the rain god would shower to his calculations once more, just as he did here Eight years ago.

This time though the rain god was late by a minute and by then Kimi’s race was already under water; and the breaking news of the evening “Schumi to blame for Kimi's tyre call.”

As soon as this news hit the Public and the media, they started debating his future with Ferrari. Speculations had already risen that Ferrari may not renew his contract after this year-end, and much was to do with the Sepang saga. Even his current role could be confined to handshakes with dignitaries.

Let’s face it, it’s a gamble. A gamble to move few places up that went terribly wrong. Although I heard a commentator on ESPN-STAR, a GP2 racer himself crying loud when he saw this dubious decision, I still won’t blame it all on Michael.

If only this gamble paid off, he would have been one step closer to god; but one failed move and he has already landed at the doors.

If this damage wasn’t enough, the seven time world champion had to face some more injury in the hands of Button.

As rumors filled the air linking him to the paddocks of Brawn GP, its “ace” driver Button quickly responded by saying “We don't need help from another driver”, “We all know how to win races and Championships even though this is obviously a different level.”

Now here is a man who could manage just a single win in a career spanning nine years before he clinched his back to back victory in 2009 trying to ridicule a guy whose records will be engraved in stone arguably “forever.”

“We all know how to win races and Championships”, Jense, has victory already reached your head? Hope you didn’t forget the day when the legends Mika and Michael overtook you from both sides!

As much as it is surprising to see what two wins could do to even a midfield or back-marking driver, it is far more anguishing to see how soon people forget the greatness that only few men have achieved.

From being an Ambassador of the sport and being chosen by ESPN-STAR as the Greatest driver ever in F1 to becoming a tennis ball that has to land on any paddock you name, is simply callous. Yes, the man is known for his controversies, but that cannot take away his accolades or the benchmark he set for the game itself.

I hope when the impulse settles, the Maranello team collectively collaborates to make a good comeback.

And, as for Michael, all I can say is, “Love him, hate him, but you just cannot ignore him.”