Michael Schumacher: the biker

After Schuey hung up his driving gloves for the second time this year, the most successful F1 driver in history didn't buy a ‘Gone Fishing' sign, hang it on his front door and start sewing retirement-based phrases onto scatter cushions. Quite the opposite. The fact that I'm stood in Paul Ricard's pit lane surrounded by a very intimate group of famous motorcyclists shows the record-breaking Schumacher has no intention of allowing his pace of life to slow. The chatter is all bike setups and chassis feel. All smiles. Until Randy perks up like Michael Fish. "It's cold out there, you have to generate pressure to get feedback and heat into the tyres and that's just not happening today," the American explains while making a hand gesture like he's stroking an invisible Labrador. I quickly gather that this is the international biker sign language for ‘take it easy'.