In the round-up: Robert Kubica says Michael Schumacher raised the standard of F1 drivers.
What they’re saying
Robert Kubica was one of several drivers asked during pre-season testing four their thoughts on Schumacher. Here’s what he had to say:
For sure Michael was the best driver at that period. This is no doubt about it. He had won so many titles.
I think he somehow showed that an F1 driver is not only about driving the car but there is also other work to be done. I think then people start understanding and he was the benchmark of physical approach, mental approach. He worked really hard away [from] the cockpit to become [the] best he could.
I think the modern generation, he was a big example also away [from] the car. He has for sure been, I think for every driver my age, a big inspiration.
Lewis Hamilton also shared his memories of competing against Schumacher.
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