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GP Week : Issue 79
F1 FEATURE >> conduct magic." "I believe in his abilities," said another ex- team mate, Martin Brundle. "I think he needs more time. If I was seeing the same results in September then I would be worried. The fact that there is no testing is difficult for him," added Brundle, who insists he has seen "the old Schumacher magic once or twice" this year in practice sessions. Martin is right. Let's see how he does with the new car, on a circuit he's lapped thousands of times before -- Shanghai was never his favourite track, but he's won on the Circuit de Catalunya no less than six times. But it's also true that what goes up must come down, and despite taking a rest which he said would energise him to further victories, perhaps Michael's star has been falling since Fernando Alonso first beat him in 2005. "At one point you've got it, then you lose it. Then it's gone forever. All walks of life," pronounces Sick Boy in Trainspotting. "Georgie Best, for example, had it -- lost it. "Or David Bowie or Lou Reed. Charlie Nicholas, David Niven, Malcolm McLaren, Elvis Presley..." It's tempting to draw a comparison between Michael Schumacher and Sir Paul McCartney. Macca is the world's greatest living songwriter, just as Michael is the greatest living driver. It doesn't mean he's actually STILL the greatest, but he's got the greatest back catalogue without question. The trouble is, McCartney hasn't written a really good song that got everyone excited since Live and Let Die, and that was in 1973. When Michael left Ferrari he left The Beatles. Mercedes is Wings. Let's see if next week's Spanish Grand Prix is a Live and Let Die, or just another Mull of Kintyre. Renton: "So we get old, we cannae hack it any more and that's it?" Sick Boy: "Yeah." Renton: "That's your theory?" Sick Boy: "Yeah. Beautifully f***ing illustrated." 25