Why Schumacher's return is no failure

Why Schumacher's return is no failure

Edd Straw believes that those who have condemned Michael Schumacher's comeback have, like the seven-time world champion himself, vastly underestimated the scale of the challenge

Lap 58 of the Monaco Grand Prix. Michael Schumacher is leading, as he has done since converting his 69th Formula 1 pole position into the lead at the start. He's just 20 laps away from matching Ayrton Senna's record of six wins on the streets of the principality. At the age of 43, Schumacher will finally have that elusive 92nd win and a trophy confirming that, yes, he can still deliver at the top level in what he calls his second career.

On lap 58, Schumacher warns the Mercedes pitwall of a problem via the radio. His fuel pressure is dropping and that lap is a second slower than the previous. A few laps later, having been powerless to retain the lead, Schumacher pulls into the pits and post-race Ross Brawn and Norbert Haug are bombarded with questions about just how Mercedes manage to let down their man again.

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