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The Formula 1 season 2010 started at March 14th in scorching Bahrain with numerous interesting changes from the previous year. But instead of all the fuzz around the refuelling ban, Fernando Alonso’s move to Ferrari, Felipe Massa’s return to racing after his horrifying accident in Hungary and pairing of two British world champions in McLaren, one man hogged the spotlight the minute he arrived to the arena. That man was Michael Schumacher, the 7-time world champion and the man who holds practically every possible record in the sport.
Although he looked fit as ever, some things do have changed since his days of domination with Ferrari. For the first time in his career, he was soundly beaten by his teammate, not only in practice session or two, but for the whole weekend. And when the race finished, he found himself in sixth place. Now that is not too shabby for the first Grand Prix after not competing for over three full years, but this is Michael Schumacher we are talking about, quite possibly the most complete racer ever in any motor sport.
The man himself admitted being a bit rusty and not fully satisfied with the way his car behaves and fits to his driving style. This is completely understandable. The development and rule changes in Formula 1 are so rapid that even a one year absence could lead to big troubles for even the most talented racers, not to mention three.
Despite that, some people are already drawing the conclusions that maybe time has finally caught up with the man, and maybe, just maybe he has lost some of his edge. After all, the sport’s history has seen some pretty disappointing comebacks from former champions before.
What they do not remember is that this is just the start of the second part of Schumacher’s career. It has now lasted for only one complete Grand Prix weekend. The jury is very much out, but the verdicts should only be read after the season wraps up in Abu Dhabi. Maybe by then some of the doubters will be surprised at how the time may not move so fast after all.
In the end of the day, no matter how high you rate his anticipated return, it confirmed one thing: Michael Schumacher is still the main attraction of live F1 events. The amount of journalists and fans following him at all times during the weekend was huge. Maybe at Australia he can have more time to breathe and even take a quick nap before the race, something he could not do this time because of the high amount of PR duties.
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