With Michael Schumacher’s tough comeback season now hopefully a thing of memory, former World Champion Alain Prost – who won his fourth and final title in 1993 after a year’s sabbatical – doesn’t hold out much hope that the German will be able to achieve greater success in 2011.
Prost – statistically the second most-accomplished driver in the sport’s history after Schumacher – believes that Schumacher’s aims for an eighth World Championship title are “unrealistic”.
Instead, the Frenchman believes that the 42-year-old’s complaints about the handling of his Mercedes GP on the narrower front Bridgestone slick tyre were an “excuse” to mask the fact that his “age” was the actual issue for his lack of competitiveness.
But Prost, who was quoted in an interview with Swiss newspaper Le Matin Dimanche, still respects Schumacher’s decision to return to the sport after a three-year absence.
“His decision to come back was personal and I respect it,” Prost said. “I think it’s impossible, at his age, to return to where he was in the past, but I hope he proves me wrong.”
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