FIA president and former Ferrari team boss, Jean Todt, has a few choice words for the braying critics of German ace Michael Schumacher: show some respect. Todt was Schumacher’s boss at the Scuderia from 1996 through 2006, and while he might be accused of having a bit of Schumi bias, he clearly knows his former charge better than most of the paddock wags who are eager to trash Schumacher’s comeback efforts this year.
As Todt recently told Autosport, “Michael is a great person, a great Champion. “I mean, I don’t know somebody else who has won seven titles, 91 grands prix. Some people when they judge, they must be very careful, very respectful of what he has been doing.”
Intentionally or not, Todt sounds a bit like a mafia don when he admonishes the F1 community in that fashion, but then the world of Formula 1 often has a Bysantine quality that would probably not seem alien to certain members of La Cosa Nostra.
Todt went on to say that while the season is essentially half over, the championship title is still up for grabs. At this point, there is no obvious points leader who is dominating his rivals.
“Considering the Formula 1 World Championship it’s very open,” Todt said. “It’s a big fight, we’ve had five different winners this year out of nine races. It’s not yet halfway though the Championship, it will be halfway past next week after British GP, so it’s a very attractive Championship.”