Niki Lauda compared what he went through before in the year 1985 to what Michael Schumacher is experiencing now and believes that Schumacher isn’t likely to succeed in his return to the sport, according to an interview in the September issue of Motor Sportmagazine.
Lauda made his comeback in 1982, only two years after he got out of racing. In 1984, he won his third title but the next year, he only placed tenth in the championship and he earned 59 points behind Alain Probst, his teammate in the McLaren team.
He then decided to retire. Lauda told Motor Sport that he has always been supportive of Schumacher’s return since he had the same experience. He said that in 2010, Schumacher was handicapped since he had to get used to the various cars but he didn’t have enough time to test all of them.
But Lauda thinks that this year is the “last chance” for Schumacher to have a proper comeback. There was a report from an Italian publication that revealed that Schumacher had doubts about his future at Mercedes.
However, Sabine Kehm (Schumacher’s manager) responded by stating that he remains very much committed. Kehm told Bild that the Mercedes driver continues to be passionate for the project and considers it an “exciting challenge to build something big together with Mercedes." Schumacher will celebrate his 20th year in Formula One very soon.