Michael Schumacher is ‘always in our thoughts’, Mercedes motorsport chief says

Michael Schumacher is ‘always in our thoughts’, Mercedes motorsport chief says

In an interview celebrating Mercedes’ fifth successive Constructors’ Championship crown this season, Wolff  said: “Michael is always present in my personal life and at Mercedes.”

He told Bild am Sonntag: “For me, he is the most outstanding racing driver of all time, an incredible personality. We all at Mercedes miss him a lot as a consultant and a mentor.”

With Schumacher racking up a record seven world championships – five titles of which were secured with Ferrari before the German retired from racing in 2012 – Wolff also poured praise on the legend’s lasting legacy.

The motorsport chief told Bild that he regarded Schumacher as one of the “founding fathers of Mercedes' recent success in F1.”

The much-loved sports star was critically  injured when he fell while skiing with son Mick in the French Alps in December 2013.

Wolff explained that he had left his mark, as he had helped “establish structures” in the team from 2010 until 2012.

Bild asked him whether the current Mercedes team – which includes Britain’s most successful F1 driver and reigning champ Lewis Hamilton – was as good as the “legendary Ferrari team of Michael Schumacher from 2000 to 2004.”

A cautious Wolff replied that it was tricky to compare, as he recalled his “incredible” experience following Schumacher’s time with Ferrari as a young man.

He said the team's aim was to stay “humbly grounded” and push new goals so competitors on the track would be forced to do “more to beat us”.

An exhibition opens at the Ferrari Museum in Maranello on January 3, to mark Schumacher’s 50th birthday.

The museum said: “Michael has a special place in the history of Ferrari.

“The rooms of the museum are decorated with images from the unforgettable years that the seven-time world champion gave to all at Ferrari.”


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