Mike Stevens | Apr 29, 2010

WHILE SOME have rushed to defend Michael Schumacher, Formula One great Sir Stirling Moss is not among them.

After scoring just 10 points compared to his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg's 50 so far in 2010, figures including Bernie Ecclestone, David Coulthard, Martin Brundle, Jacques Lafitte, Jochen Mass and others have argued the seven-time world champion deserves more time before he is definitively judged.

But 80-year-old Briton Moss, credited as the best driver never to have won a title, told the Sun: "People are going to say he's past it now, which he probably is."

And he told metro.co.uk that he does not understand the 41-year-old German's decision to end his three years of retirement.

"All he's going to do is damage his achievements," said Moss, whose first grand prix win was in 1955 in the famous Mercedes W196.

He said Rosberg is Schumacher's first "comparable" teammate.

"Michael's greatest contribution was bringing English engineers to Ferrari," said Moss.

(GMM)

 

Villeneuve Still In Training For F1 Comeback

JACQUES Villeneuve on Wednesday confirmed he is still in training for his Formula One comeback.

The 1997 World Champion came close to returning to the grid in 2010, but the hopeful Serbian outfit Stefan GP was not granted an official entry.

"I'm pushing on anyway," said Villeneuve, who was among the 12 drivers confirmed as having been in talks with the outfit headed by Zoran Stefanovich.

Stefan GP has however reapplied for the vacant berth for next season, and 39-year-old Villeneuve on Wednesday told Germany's Auto Motor und Sport that he is working hard on staying race-fit.

The French-Canadian said he is also ready to replace a current driver in 2010, and is maintaining his fitness with the help of a bespoke EUR400,000 machine conceived by his famous trainer Erwin Gollner.

"Last year showed that teams change their drivers during a season," he said. "And the return of Schumacher and de la Rosa is a sign that experience is appreciated once again."

Villeneuve also dismissed claims that Michael Schumacher's age is his problem.

"Look at hockey," he said. "Guys in their late 30s are still at world-class level. It's because we're all living much healthier and have gained ten years."

(GMM)

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