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'After Monaco we'll know how Schumacher's form really is' - Webber

ESPNF1 Staff
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Mark Webber at the re-opening of SiIverstone earlier this week © Press Association

Mark Webber is the latest driver to comment on Michael Schumacher's comeback, diplomatically suggesting everyone waits until after Monaco before making any judgments.

Speaking in a Q&A session with the public on the BBC, Webber was cautious when questioned about the wisdom of Schumacher's return. "That's a tough question to ask someone who is out there racing against him, because at the next race he could come out and blow everyone away, so you want to make sure you're not eating your words.

"But as I always said, you have to take your hat off to him. It was a very brave call to come back and test himself again at the highest level. He's an incredible competitor and he always has been.

"I think after Monaco we'll know how his form really is. Shanghai was a pretty tough track for him. He'll feel a bit more at home at Barcelona and also at Monaco, which is a track where he always did exceptionally well. So we'll see after that how he's going and we might be able to be as harsh as the question is.

"Monaco is a place you just plug Michael in and off he goes. If he's not going to be doing that this year, you can say he might be having problems coming to grips with the car.

"These cars change every two or three weeks let alone every four years, so he's coming back to such a totally different environment. The cars are totally different, the tyres, the aerodynamics.

"He knew he was going to have to get used to it. He's not that naïve. He knows he's not going to just jump back in and start blowing people away, he's going to have to work at it. And that's what he's doing right now."