Ralf: Blame Ferrari, Not Michael

Fresh from labelling Ferrari as 'arrogant' following their decision to start the season with their old car, Ralf Schumacher has added to his criticisms of the reigning World Champions in the wake of a severe media backlash against his brother Michael

Ralf: Blame Ferrari, Not Michael

Sections of the German media have used Ferrari's disappointing start to the season as the justification for openly ridiculing seven-times champion Schumacher, with Bild comparing him to a snail and tabloid BZ re-naming him Schlappmacher - which roughly translates into 'breaking down'.

That campaign has angered Toyota driver Ralf Schumacher - who is adamant that every bit of blame for Ferrari's current form has to go to the team and not to their drivers.

"I find it tough to swallow how much criticism Michael has to endure," Schumacher told Bild Am Sonntag. "It is undisputed that his employer Ferrari have not done a good enough job during the last couple of months.

"So Ferrari have to take the blame. I think that Michael is not responsible for their poor results. I pity him since he is the wrong man to accuse. As far as I know my brother, he aches to go out there and prove everyone wrong."

Schumacher, whose Toyota team recently celebrated their first Formula One podium in the Malaysian Grand Prix, believes that he has already seen enough this season to believe that Ferrari will not be able to re-capture the World Championship this year, even with the team's new F2005 being drafted into action earlier than originally planned.

"They had no choice in my opinion," said Schumacher about Ferrari's decision to bring in the new car for Bahrain. "After the results of the F2004M, they had to act. But I cannot see Ferrari winning the World Championship again. Renault is much more than only a tough opponent."

shares
comments
Red Bull Boss Ready to Loan Drivers
Previous article

Red Bull Boss Ready to Loan Drivers

Next article

Preview: Ferrari Hope F2005 is a Winner

Preview: Ferrari Hope F2005 is a Winner
How studying Schumacher helped make Coulthard a McLaren F1 mainstay Plus

How studying Schumacher helped make Coulthard a McLaren F1 mainstay

Winner of 13 grands prix including Monaco and survivor of a life-changing plane crash, David Coulthard could be forgiven for having eased into a quiet retirement – but, as MARK GALLAGHER explains, in fact he’s busier than ever, running an award-winning media company and championing diversity in motor racing. Not bad for someone who, by his own admission, wasn’t quite the fastest driver of his generation…

Could F1 move to a future beyond carbonfibre? Plus

Could F1 move to a future beyond carbonfibre?

Formula 1 has ambitious goals for improving its carbon footprint, but could this include banishing its favoured composite material? PAT SYMONDS considers the alternatives to carbonfibre and what use, if any, those materials have in a Formula 1 setting

Formula 1
Aug 6, 2022
How Russell has proven he deserves to be Hamilton's Mercedes heir Plus

How Russell has proven he deserves to be Hamilton's Mercedes heir

He’s fast, he’s smart, and he’s already shown he’s not going to let Max Verstappen intimidate him. George Russell won’t say it, but LUKE SMITH says he’s ready to take the lead at Mercedes when Lewis Hamilton moves on to a quieter life. And – whisper it – Mercedes and Lewis are starting to think so too

Formula 1
Aug 5, 2022
The traits that fuelled Alonso's unexpected Aston Martin move Plus

The traits that fuelled Alonso's unexpected Aston Martin move

Fernando Alonso’s bombshell switch to Aston Martin sent shockwaves through Formula 1, not least at Alpine that finds itself tangled in a contract standoff with Oscar Piastri. Not shy of a bold career move and with a CV punctuated by them, there were numerous hints that trouble was brewing

Formula 1
Aug 4, 2022
The elements Ferrari must resolve to first save face, then win championships Plus

The elements Ferrari must resolve to first save face, then win championships

OPINION: Ferrari's Formula 1 title hopes look all but over after another strategic blunder in last week's Hungarian Grand Prix denied Charles Leclerc the chance to fight for victory, while handing it to chief rival Max Verstappen. The Scuderia now faces intense scrutiny over what it must now do to finally become a genuine factor in championship battles

Formula 1
Aug 3, 2022
The clues about Hamilton’s F1 retirement plans revealed after Vettel’s decision Plus

The clues about Hamilton’s F1 retirement plans revealed after Vettel’s decision

OPINION: Sebastian Vettel is set to leave Formula 1 at the end of 2022 and will, rather shockingly, be replaced by Fernando Alonso at Aston Martin. But what about the final chapter of the other driver that defined the post-Michael Schumacher era? In Hungary, Lewis Hamilton spoke about his future in the context of Vettel’s upcoming departure, which offered clues on how long it will last

Formula 1
Aug 2, 2022
Why all signs point to F1’s Monaco special relationship continuing Plus

Why all signs point to F1’s Monaco special relationship continuing

OPINION: With more potential venues than there are slots in future calendars, rumours have been circulating that the Monaco Grand Prix could be a casualty of F1’s expansion into new markets. But MARK GALLAGHER thinks this is highly unlikely

Formula 1
Aug 2, 2022
Hungarian Grand Prix Driver Ratings 2022 Plus

Hungarian Grand Prix Driver Ratings 2022

The Hungarian Grand Prix race result, after a dry race held without safety car conditions, bore little resemblance to what was anticipated after qualifying. While certain drivers were nullified by some iffy strategy calls, others shone to grasp opportunities afforded to them in the last F1 race before the summer break

Formula 1
Aug 1, 2022