Lap 58 of the Monaco Grand Prix. Michael Schumacher is leading, as he has done since converting his 69th Formula 1 pole position into the lead at the start. He's just 20 laps away from matching Ayrton Senna's record of six wins on the streets of the principality. At the age of 43, Schumacher will finally have that elusive 92nd win and a trophy confirming that, yes, he can still deliver at the top level in what he calls his second career.
On lap 58, Schumacher warns the Mercedes pitwall of a problem via the radio. His fuel pressure is dropping and that lap is a second slower than the previous. A few laps later, having been powerless to retain the lead, Schumacher pulls into the pits and post-race Ross Brawn and Norbert Haug are bombarded with questions about just how Mercedes manage to let down their man again.
It was Schumacher's own fault that he wasn't in a position to lead in Monaco as the five-place grid penalty for rear-ending Bruno Senna in the Spanish Grand Prix was well-deserved, but the fact that his retirement was from seventh place, rather than first, means those writing him off have no reason to re-appraise the conclusion that they leaped to long ago. I'm not saying Schumacher would definitely have won in Monaco, but he could have done. That is enough to force home the point.
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