Michael Schumacher Karting Michael Schumacher has made attempts to dispel some of the criticism being heaped upon him in the wake of his below expectations comeback to F1, by dominating a local karting event over the weekend.

The 41-year-old Mercedes GP driver competed in a 40bhp Tony Kart at a 125cc KZ2 class karting event at Germany’s Erftlandring circuit, winning the first heat and finishing runner-up in the second heat.

While we’re prepared to acknowledge that there’s a huge gulf between a kart and the Mercedes GP W01 he’s currently piloting, Schumi can still pedal at some speed!

The seven-time World Champion will be behind the wheel of a new W01 chassis at this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix, with the package updated to accommodate a long wheelbase that should help reduce his car’s tendency to understeer – believed to be one of the principal reasons behind his struggles so far.

"I am hoping for a better race than I had in China and of course I would not mind having had better results so far," he said.

[Original image via Wired]

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.