By Alex Kapadia
There’s not been a dull moment since the 2009 Formula 1 season kicked off just over two weeks ago.
The new rules, which include the re-introduction of slick tyres and a massive aerodynamic overhaul of the cars, have spiced up the action on the track.
But the tyres have caused even more controversy and excitement than intended partly due to the introduction of a wider differential between the two compounds, which calls for more strategy and planning from the teams.
Now Michael Schumacher has been embroiled in a new tyres row with elements of the German media critical of the role he has been playing in advising the Ferrari team.
The seven times world champion has occasionally tested the teams car and was present at the Australian and Malaysian Grand Prix’s as an advisor and where the team was heavily criticised for making bad strategies and decisions on the pitwall.
However, he has been blamed for not appearing to have stepped in and prevented Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen being sent onto the track with full wet tyres in bone dry conditions.
Schumachers’s contract is due to expire at the end of the year and there is already talk in the paddock that he will walk away and hitch up with his former technical director and strategist, Ross Brawn.
However, Brawn GP driving ace and man of the moment, Jenson Button, dismissed the speculation.
The Malaysia and Australian winner said: ‘We have been around long enough to know what it takes to win.’