Formula One 2012: the highlights
Come with us on a journey through one of the best F1 seasons in living memory…
Posted: 29 Nov 2012
Michael takes pole (briefly) in Monaco
Who would ever have thought that the highlight of Michael Schumacher's three-year return from retirement would be a single pole position lap? Of course, it was only that lap; he didn't start from pole as he took a penalty for the kind of slip-up that unfortunately became as totemic in the second coming as that leap in the air from the top step did the first time around.
Still, it did allow us to believe that the speed was still there when Mercedes gave him the equipment. Sadly, all too often, it was the judgment that was missing. He remains, statistically and maybe more, the greatest driver F1 has ever seen. But the dream that a man in his 40s can compete with men in the 20s must remain just that. We wish he'd won, but he was never even close.