And we might be inclined to agree!
Michael Schumacher’s first F1 boss, Eddie Jordan, has spoken in the lead-up to the most awaited comeback F1 will witness and believes that the seven-time World Champion is “mad” to be returning to the sport.
The former team owner strongly believes that F1’s most successful driver should avoid risking his top-status reputation against a much younger – and some would say, hungrier – group of drivers.
Jordan blooded Schumacher into F1 at the 1991 Belgian GP before seeing the German switch camps to Benetton for the following race.
“If I was his father I would have said to him, ‘Son, why? Why?!’" Jordan proffered, during the BBC pre-season broadcast.
"He must be out of his mind! In life, you – as an individual with that sporting legacy – have to give your sport up, not the sport give you up, and he’s putting himself in that position.
"He’s heading into a situation where he could become a sad, rejected man if he gets whipped – although he won’t get whipped because he’s that good. Can he win a race? Yes. Why should he do it? He’s mad. Title? Not a hope."
Care to put a firm wager on that statement, Eddie?
In fairness, Eddie isn’t the first person to hold similar suspicions. In our exclusive interview with former F1 driver, Allen Berg, he also questioned Schumacher’s return to F1 and described the German as “selfish” in his motives.
“[While] I think his return is outstanding for Formula 1, great for the Mercedes GP team … I question why he’s doing it,” Allen said.
“Maybe he has the desire to come back and drive a race car? For that reason, I think it’s extremely selfish. He has a family now, and his kids are no doubt going to miss their Dad every time he climbs on a plane to go to another race, unless he’s bringing them with him.
“F1 is an extremely dangerous business, and he’s putting himself at risk once again by doing this. He’s putting a target on the back of his helmet, with all of these drivers (such as Lewis Hamilton) who’ve always wanted to have a fair shot at him, and he’s putting himself right back into that situation. I hope he does well, and I think it’s great for the sport. For whatever it’s worth, I don’t think it’s the right thing for him and I think it’s pretty selfish for him to do something like that.”
[Original image via GP Update]