El rendimiento de Michael Schumacher en su retorno a la Fórmula 1, no satisface como se esperaba a inicios de la temporada, luego de la conmoción generada por su regreso tras tres años de ausencia. En Malasia abandonó y además se enojó.
David Coulthard puede hablar con propiedad sobre Schumi; el escocés retirado de la F-1, actual comentarista y cerca de regresar a la competiciòn (lo hará en el DTM con un Mercedes), fue preciso cuando se refirió a Schumacher: «no ganar, no subir al podio y si no pelea el título, perderá estímulos. Lo conozco bien y apostaría a que no terminará el actual Mundial de F-1». Por otro lado, el interés por volver a ver a Schumacher ha decaído, de los 10 millones de telespectadores que lo siguieron en el GP de Bahrein, el número bajo a 3,6 millones en Australia.




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