Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Schumacher Has Lost The Edge Says Frentzen

German Heinz-Herald Frentzen who was Michael Schumacher's old rival since karting days says the 7 time world champion has lost his "edge" that had separated him from the rest of the grid at his peak.

Frentzen was speaking to Indo-Asian News Service "IANS" at Dubai were drivers for the inaugural i1Super Series were being unveiled. Frentzen further elaborates on why he thinks his fellow German isn't dominating like before, "As you grow older, you tend to hesitate and become indecisive whether or not to push and take risks. You lose precious tenths of a second. I think, Michael is at that stage in his career." says the 44 year old.

Frentzen who along with Schumacher was considered a great prospect before beginning his Formula 1 career admits a few wrong choices cost him dearly. "I think, I took the wrong decisions while Michael (Schumacher) took the right ones," says Frentzen.

"In 1994, I joined Sauber and later that year, I had an offer from Williams as a replacement for Ayrton Senna who died in a crash. I rejected the offer as Sauber had given me a break into F1.

"But when I eventually joined Williams in 1997, things had changed in the team" adds Frentzen whose loyalty to Sauber cost him a Williams in 1995 that beat everyone but Schumacher in his Benetton and in 1996 beat everyone including Schumacher who had then moved to the struggling Ferrari.

Frentzen though doesn't long to be back in Formula 1 and enjoys competing in other series "I had some good races and bad, but after I retired in 2003, I have never really missed Formula One, but have raced on and off in other series"

About competing in the i1Super Series, Frentzen is not concerned about the cars being a lot slower than Formula 1 "It is a challenge because no matter which Formula car you drive, you still need to understand the machine, its capabilities and adapt your driving accordingly and I am quite excited to be part of this series" adds Frentzen.

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