Brundle: Michael Schumacher Not as ‘Naturally Talented’ as Senna

Published 01/05/2021, 2:25 AM EST
SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, BELGIUM – AUGUST 30: GP VON BELGIEN 1992, Spa; Ayrton SENNA, SIEGER Michael SCHUMACHER/GER – BENETTON FORD – (Photo by Bongarts/Getty Images)


Michael Schumacher is one of the greatest drivers to have ever driven in Formula 1, and his astonishing career, especially from the wake of the 20th century, says it all.

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Similarly, there was another driver who was on a spree of destroying records in the 90s – Ayrton Senna. The two brilliant drivers had contrasting personalities, driving style, and yet people placed the duo under the category of ‘legends.’

However, former F1 driver, Martin Brundle opined that Michael was not as naturally talented as the Brazilian racing legend.

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MANAMA, BAHRAIN – APRIL 04: Motorsport / Formel 1: GP von Bahrain 2004, Manama; Michael SCHUMACHER (GER) / Ferrari gewinnt den Grand Prix (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

During a podcast, the former British driver spoke about how Senna stood out despite the Michael’s dominance in the record books.

I’m not sure Michael was just quite as naturally talented as Ayrton,” he said while featuring in the Motor Sport Magazine Podcast. “But he made up for it and actually improved on it and in many other respects.”

Senna looked like he could place himself in an unreachable position by the start of 2000. Unfortunately, F1 lost the legend before he could thrash other records, as Michael took over that task and carried himself to that fruitful position.

Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher, completely different characters: Brundle

During the podcast, Brundle opened up about the major differences between Ayrton and Michael.

Ayrton and Michael – completely different characters. Ayrton driven from the heart. And Michael driven from the head,” he said.

And both [are] unbelievably great racing drivers for completely different reasons. Ayrton always felt that the world was against him somehow. But he had a god-given talent for where the grip was.

Michael Schumacher of Germany and Ferrari drives in the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Interlagos in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Michael just applied himself. He just worked hard and just got everything pointing in his direction.”

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The year that one legend, Senna, lost his life, the other legend, Michael, won his first of seven world championship titles. The two drivers together secured a total of whopping 10 titles.

Although F1 was not a well-known sport before the 80s, the name Senna and Schumacher gave the sport its deserved recognition over the entire world.

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Although there is Lewis, who has shattered most of the records set by the two legends, the F1 community will always continue to worship Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher as the greatest.

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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