Irvine praises Schumacher's skill

Irvine praises Schumacher's skill

Eddie Irvine has been known to be less than complementary about his fellow drivers but he has praised Michael Schumacher's skill behind the wheel. Irvine, who was Schumacher's team mate at Ferrari for four years, thinks the German has incredible...

Eddie Irvine has been known to be less than complementary about his fellow drivers but he has praised Michael Schumacher's skill behind the wheel. Irvine, who was Schumacher's team mate at Ferrari for four years, thinks the German has incredible car control that cannot be appreciated unless watched in slow motion.

Eddie Irvine.
Photo by Mark Gledhill.
"In every sport, someone suddenly comes along who is a genius and it just happens that Formula One is currently saddled with Schumacher," Irvine said. "Whenever I watch (Tiger) Woods in action, I marvel at the power and the aggression he puts into his tee shots, or the delicate touch of his short game. His art is there for all to see but the trouble with most people watching Schumacher in action is they cannot fully appreciate his skills.

"Michael's mastery behind the wheel can be studied only in detail when shown in slow motion. That is when the untrained eye can capture his extraordinary car control while driving on the limit or his precision during a qualifying lap."

Irvine perhaps felt he was being rather too complimentary about a rival's skills and added: "Having said all that, I must also agree that you can have too much of a good thing and I would love to see both BMW Williams and McLaren giving him a real hard time".

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Eddie Irvine , Michael Schumacher
Teams Ferrari , McLaren , Williams