Stewart warns Schumacher not to be greedy

Stewart warns Schumacher not to be greedy

Former world champion Jackie Stewart thinks current champion Michael Schumacher would be wise to not be greedy in his quest for titles. Stewart said Schumacher could easily win a sixth championship but should not be asking for too ...

Former world champion Jackie Stewart thinks current champion Michael Schumacher would be wise to not be greedy in his quest for titles. Stewart said Schumacher could easily win a sixth championship but should not be asking for too much.

Jackie Stewart.
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"He (Schumacher) is unquestionably the finest racing driver in the world today," Stewart said. "He could certainly have six (titles). But I think he would be wise not to be too ambitious or, if you looked at it another way, too greedy. Life has been so good to him and so kind, he's been blessed in so many different ways that you shouldn't be asking for too much."

"You should at a point say this is just fine, it's nothing to do with money, or victories or numbers. It's to do with where you are and you've got to go on and do more with your life. You have to stop at a certain time or you do dribble on a bit and maybe wait too long and by then you've lost your shine. So I hope his timing is right."

Schumacher has won four out of five races so far this season and is contracted to Ferrari until the end of 2004. Recently he was offered a 'contract for life' by Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo. Stewart believes that at some point Schumacher will discover that 'going round in circles' is not all there is to life.

"He's reached that point in his career where he's capable of turning himself on and off to the ultimate drive and Michael, no matter how much money he's got or how many victories he's had, is still hungry," said Stewart. "And I like that."

"He'll keep going until he finds that going around in circles is not the most mature thing you can do in your life and that there are other things in life than driving a racing car to the ultimate ability. That will come and that's part of the maturing process. When he comes to that he will know when to retire."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Luca di Montezemolo , Jackie Stewart
Teams Ferrari