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Schuey’s Return Could Show Raikkonen Up – Lauda

Never one to shy away from controversy, Niki Lauda has said that Michael Schumacher’s return to Ferrari and F1 could well show Kimi Raikkonen up.

Raikkonen, the 2007 World Champion has not really performed well since his championship win, and with a poor car in 2009 the team have been sliding.  His second place in Hungary last week is his best result of the season thus far.  Lauda reckons Schumacher’s return will force him to be faster.

Lauda himself made an F1 comeback after retirement in the 1980’s and won the world championship.  Whether Schumacher can do the same thing is unknown, but highly unlikely.  Race wins and podiums are expected, but he has 10 races less experience than the other drivers, doesn’t know Valencia and may well not be fit.

“The most interesting thing will be to see him up against Kimi Raikkonen in the other Ferrari – who will be faster?” the Austrian told Britain’s Daily Mail. “Put it this way: Kimi has to get his act together or be shown up.”

Niki Lauda and Michael Schumacher (with footballer Lukas Podolski centre)

Niki Lauda and Michael Schumacher (with footballer Lukas Podolski centre)

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