Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE OBSERVERS

The controversial colonial statue in Senegal; and the centuries-old town in Turkey being destroyed by the govt

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

End of an era: Toys 'R' Us files for bankruptcy

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'We aren't ready' for a second vote in Kenya and flip-flopping on climate change

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Another Hurricane? It's Maria's turn. And, when's your printer going to stop working?

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

DR Congo: New report says army worked with militias to massacre hundreds in Beni

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

All eyes on Trump and Macron at UN General Assembly

Read more

THE DEBATE

Trump goes to the UN: What role for the United States on the world stage?

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

German elections: Top MEP 'concerned' as populists rise in polls

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

Four more years for Angela Merkel?

Read more

Schumacher not responsible for Ferrari disarray, says agent

Latest update : 2009-04-06

After two Grand Prix, Ferrari has not scored a single point. The German press are blaming seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher for a poorly calculated strategy in Malaysia. But his agent called the accusations 'idiotic'.

AFP Michael Schumacher's agent went on the attack here Monday in the face of criticism over the seven-time champion's role in Ferrari's dismal start to the new season.

Since retiring from Formula One Schumacher has acted as special advisor to his former team which has failed to take a single point from the first two races of the new campaign.

The 40-year-old German driving legend was taken to task by none other than former champion Niki Lauda for Ferrari's failings in Sunday's Malaysia Grand Prix when a major miscalculation left Felipe Massa qualifying in 16th place.

"He (Schumacher) should have realised what was happening, this setback is embarrassing," Lauda said in his capacity as F1 consultant for a German television channel.

"It astonishes me that with such an advisor such a shambles could occur," chipped in another former driver, Marc Surer.

In the rain-hit grand prix itself Ferrari's race strategy was called into question as Massa trailed in ninth with his teammate Kimi Raikkonen in 14th.

But Schumacher's agent Willi Weber turned on the detractors, telling SID news agency: "These criticisms are idotic, but as everyone knows him (Schmuacher) it's easy to make him a target.

"It's not acceptable to only concentrate on him. These are team decisions."

Weber conceded that Schumacher may not renew his contract with the Italian team when it runs out at the end of this season.

"It's possible, but discussions will only take place after the first half of the season, we'll have to wait.

"And if the contract isn't renewed I'm certain that the Malaysia Grand Prix will have nothing to do with the decision."

Date created : 2009-04-06

COMMENT(S)