If Schumacher Succeeds, Does F1 Need a Champion's Series?

Daniel ZylberkanCorrespondent IAugust 5, 2009

8 Oct 2000: Michael Schumacher of Germany and Ferrari celebrates with the trophy after winning the formula one world championship at the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka, Japan. Mandatory Credit: Mark Thompson/ALLSPORT

I remember when Sarah wrote an article a while ago about how Formula One should be open to racing to older Formula One cars. She exposed the idea that newer isn't necessarily better; that in every era of Formula One there have been cars, designs, and concepts that were clearly better, more revolutionary, forward looking, and superior to the other cars racing at the time.

I bring this up because of the impending return of the Michael Schumacher to the grid. Schumacher is practically a relic in the modern Formula One. 40 years old might as well be 60 or 70 in this extremely physically and mentally demanding era of the sport. 

If Schumacher is able to succeed in the coming weeks, replacing the runner up to the driver's championship, and in a chassis that is clearly not up to snuff with the Red Bulls and Brawns of the world.

If Schumacher can maybe earn a couple of podiums, a win, or a pole position, he can prove that age is really a number especially in an individual, skill heavy competition. After all, whether you're 20 or 40, very little changes while driving a car.

Tom Watson at 59 was able to come within an eight foot putt of winning the most important, historic, and prestigious of golf's majors.  I know comparing golf to Formula One is like applies and oranges, but there are obvious parallels—at least in my eyes.

The concept of Grand Prix Master's series was to copy the PGA Champion's tour, but it was a failure because the races weren't held in the same venues or with the same equipment as Formula One.

So my idea is to add to Sarah's idea from a couple of month's ago, famous and successful drivers—hopefully world champions—driving during a grand prix weekend in the cars they made famous in their respective glory days. I would also add GP2, then Formula One, followed by the Formula One Champions series race.

Schumacher and Lauda at Ferrari, Prost and Hakkinen at McLaren, Piquet and Damon Hill at Williams, and so on. It would add to the challenge of having to set up two entirely different cars for every driver.

I would fully support and watch a Formula One Champion's tour—like race to see how these men have aged and to remember how much Formula One used to be once upon a time.