Fernando Alonso thinks his old championship rival Michael Schumacher is still capable of winning F1 races.
The pair fought for the title during the final season – 2006 – of Schumacher’s ultra-successful first career spanning seven world championships and 91 wins.
But since the great German returned in 2010, he is yet to stand on the podium even once in 29 races, raising questions about his advancing years, his motivation and his skills.
Spaniard Alonso, however, pointed the blame at Schumacher’s Mercedes.
“When Michael finally has a good car again then we will certainly have some more fun together at the front,” he is quoted by Swiss newspaper Blick.
“I am convinced that Schumacher could win again,” added the Ferrari driver.
Meanwhile, Blick’s veteran correspondent Roger Benoit raised the possibility that Nico Hulkenberg could return to Williams next year to replace Rubens Barrichello.
He also said Jarno Trulli, having sat out the Nurburgring, may now be fighting for his career with a new power steering system in his hands in Hungary.
“We are not expecting miracles from that (system),” insisted Team Lotus boss Tony Fernandes. “It is obviously a small part but, for Jarno, pretty vital as the aim is to give him the feel he needs from the car to extract every ounce of performance he can.”