Today sees the last race for Michael Schumacher in Formula 1 – his return has not been particularly successful, and one could suggest that perhaps some of the old magic isn’t there anymore. The Ricky Hatton fight over the weekend is a similar case in point. so is it a mistake for sports stars to come back for a second bite of the cherry – or can’t they help themselves?
Schumacher was a frighteningly successful driver – his years at Ferrari were the best that they have ever seen (a visit to their museum at Maranello confirms this in the trophy room). However this sport is not just down to pure talent, the car plays a massive part – Nigel Mansell was good, but the car helped, the same with Red Bull at the moment – great drivers but also a great package.
So in coming back for a second go I believe Schumacher has perhaps taken the shine off his legacy, yes the car wasn’t great, but his younger team member has regularly finished and qualified above him.
I really don’t think the likes of Schumacher and Hatton can help themselves - to be at sport at that level you have to believe in yourself totally – you are the best, even if you aren’t anymore!
So Michael – thanks for the entertainment, but it’s now time to retire gracefully and start spending all that cash, and don’t what ever you do come back for a third bite of the cherry!