All sounds good but will Ferrari agree to an inline 4?
Whatever Mercedes comes up with at Barcelona, it will look like a big step because the current car is clearly not what they expected but the next two or three races are crucial for him. Four races into the season and 10 points is not what he, Mercedes, the sponsors, fans or bookies expected. I hope they bring out something crap. Before the season started, i put some money on Schumacher not winning a single race this year. So far i am not doing badly and looking forward to a small profit
The question that needs to be answered is, why is Schumacher in F1, what is he here to achieve? If he wanted to get back behind the wheel, missed the competition and is here to enjoy himself and give Mercedes a lot of column space, help them develop the team for Vettel's eventual arrival, and if he won a few races doing that, then all is going according to plan. It's something that Bernie alluded to in a recent interview, the publicity they got because of him;
Q: How valuable is the combination of Michael Schumacher and Mercedes?
BE: Michael’s Mercedes comeback has a touch of magic. I don’t know any other combination that on the one hand is so fascinating and on the other has a huge potential to be extremely successful. Maybe the only other that springs to my mind is Fernando Alonso and Ferrari. Michael is an asset to every team - and Mercedes can save a lot of money because they can get rid of the team manager, as Michael has already been the team manager at Benetton and Ferrari! (Laughs)