Quotes on Schumacher
''He is incredibly professional. If you had to go for a heart operation you'd want somebody who was the Schumacher of the heart surgery world to do the job, because you can rely on him.... Fortunately Michael wasn't like that in 1996! The fact he is still winning makes me feel a lot better. It's not so bad to be beaten by the best driver who's ever lived. Nobody really knew that then. I was first into the arena, the first Christian thrown to the lions'' -- Damon Hill, The Guardian, 2004
''Michael has been the author of a unique chapter in the history of Formula 1 and of Ferrari in particular. It has yet to reach its conclusion and what he has achieved extends over and above the results obtained. He is an exceptional man and will become a legend as a driver.'' -- Ferrari team boss Jean Todt
''He will be missed as a friend and colleague and as the ultimate professional. It's the end of Michael's career in Formula One so in that sense, it is the end of an era. When you look at his record, that's going to be difficult to beat.'' -- Ferrari chief designer Rory Byrne, who designed all of Schumacher's championship winning cars
''Well we've got to discuse the Schumacher question. Let's face it. Old Schumacher, we have to face this. He's German. He's German, The car's Italian. He's German, the car's Italian, but it's designed by British designers. He's one of us! He's driving for Britain! He's British, technically, on paper!'' -- Comedian Al Murray
In Image: Michael Schumacher (L) and his French Sporting Director Jean Todt jubilate on the podium of the Magny-Cours racetrack, 21 July 2002, after winning the French Formula One Grand Prix.
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