Schumacher Rumored to Retire at Season's End; Ecclestone Blames Mercedes

Colum Wood
by Colum Wood

When seven-time Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher announced his return to motorsports, fans rejoiced and Mercedes was thrilled to have the best-known name in racing on its payroll. Since then, it’s been one disappointment after another, with the legend even being one-upped by his less-experienced team-mate Nico Rosberg.

All this has led to rumors of Schumacher’s end-of-season re-retirement, with three-time World Champion Jackie Steward recently commenting that he thought Schumacher’s return to racing was a poor decision.

Now Bernie Eccleston has chimed in, echoing Stewart. But instead of blaming Schumi for a less-than-stellar season, he’s blaming Mercedes. “He is obviously fit, motivated and talented but the car hasn’t been up to him,” he said in an interview with ESPN.

And knowing what sort of a competitor Schumacher is, Ecclestone commented that he can’t see Schumi sticking around if he’s not going to compete.

[Source: ESPN]

Colum Wood
Colum Wood

With AutoGuide from its launch, Colum previously acted as Editor-in-Chief of Modified Luxury & Exotics magazine where he became a certifiable car snob driving supercars like the Koenigsegg CCX and racing down the autobahn in anything over 500 hp. He has won numerous automotive journalism awards including the Best Video Journalism Award in 2014 and 2015 from the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). Colum founded Geared Content Studios, VerticalScope's in-house branded content division and works to find ways to integrate brands organically into content.

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  • Jennifer Jennifer on Jul 14, 2010

    totally agree with bernie. mercedes has let schumi down. if shumi is driving the red bull.. schumi no doubt will be leading the championship board!

  • Louis Louis on Jul 15, 2010

    Rosberg does not seem to have these problems! Please Maclaren engineers, tell Schumacher that the limiter is only to be used in the pitlane....