IT was an inconceivable question, but following a third consecutive retirement for Michael Schumacher at Canada, the fifth of his 2012 campaign, questions must be asked of Mercedes, namely, whether they are sabotaging the legend.
The seven-time champion is racing as well as ever since his comeback, yet his races have seldom lasted longer than three-quarter distance, failing to reach further than lap twelve at Australia, China and Spain, due to gearbox failure, a pit crew fuck up — conveniently forgetting to attach his front-right wheelnut, whilst the last one was admittedly Schumacher’s fault.
At Monaco, he was forced into retirement fifteen laps from the chequered flag with a fuel pressure issue, whilst a recurrence of the DRS-failure which fucked his qualifying at Bahrain ended his afternoon twenty-five laps early at Canada.
Team-mate Nico Rosberg is yet to endure a retirement or reliability issues of any nature, scoring the equal most points of any driver alongside Sebastian Vettel since his victory at China.
These figures are damning, something is amiss, and the finger points squarely in Mercedes direction.
Whenever Schumacher retires, for instance, every race, the Mercedes big-wigs are noticably coy about the cause of his demise, adding further credibility to the argument.
Until Rosberg retires from the race due to a ham roll being accidently placed in his engine, or his car being jammed in sixth gear, the jury is out on the Silver Arrows.
For the record, Schumacher will retire at Valencia on lap 26 whilst in sixth position, having pitted from the lead, due to his rear-tyre having been “accidently” pierced, slowly delaminating, resulting in a spin, causing critics to blame him for a seemingly innocuous crash, thus deflecting blame away from the team.
The outcome of this will be Mercedes overwhelming desire to have an excuse to sack Schumacher, perhaps before the season is over, citing his danger to other drivers, at which point, Red and yours truly will be on the next plane to Europe to rampage those responsible…
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