Ralf Schumacher can still produce a hot lap it appears. At the Legends Parade in Spielberg, the 47-year-old did a few laps in his Williams-BMW FW 25 from the 2003 season, and the Formula 1 TV pundit was not left behind some 14 years after his last race in Formula 1, quite the contrary. The German ex F1 driver besting the likes of Hamilton in terms of lap time, not that anyone noticed.
He told motorsport-total.com that he beat the current drivers: “I was faster, but I won’t say by how much!”. But then on Wednesday, the ex-driver published his fastest lap time on Instagram: 1:08.170 minutes. By comparison, Max Verstappen managed the fastest lap in the Grand Prix in 1:07.275 minutes and Charles Leclerc was also faster at 1:07.583 minutes. But the rest of the field actually drove slower than Schumacher.
Furthermore, Schumacher’s car was slowed down compared to how it would’ve been raced in 2003 as nothing was changed in the car, only new tyres fitted and the engine mode was turned down from 950 hp to 850 hp.
But the 47-year-old also explained why he was faster than the current F1 stars explaining: “The current cars are almost 200 kilograms heavier. Safety is what makes the cars heavier today,”
Schumacher now turned pundit, is not worried about making controversial comments on the current crop of Formula 1 drivers including his nephew Mick who hes’ sometimes described his various incidents as “too much”, and “That shouldn’t happen,” at this level.
Indeed the German made it clear recently that he thought Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc ought to keep his criticisms of a poor strategy to himself when discussing his team in the media.
“He’s screwed up enough himself, so he should be meek,” Schumacher told Sky Germany. “Things happen. You win together and lose together. So far, the team has done less wrong than he has.”