Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Schumacher Still Has Right Stuff: takes taxi for a ride

Michael Schumacher may well be the fastest taxi driver in Germany after the seven-time world champion shocked a cab driver by taking over the wheel in order to be on time for a flight.

Schumacher, 38, flew into the aerodrome at the Bavarian town of Coburg on Saturday and took a taxi to the village of Gehuelz, 30km away, to pick up a new puppy — an Australian Shepherd dog called Ed.

But when the former Formula 1 ace, plus his wife and two children, caught a taxi back to the airport they were short on time and cab driver Tuncer Yilmaz watched in wonder as Schumacher took the wheel.

“I found myself in the passenger seat, which was strange enough, but to have Schumi behind the wheel of my cab was incredible.

He drove at full throttle around the corners and overtook in some unbelievable places,” Yilmaz said.

Yilmaz was well rewarded — on top of the €60 (about R570) fare, he was given a € 100 tip.

The German racing ace retired from Formula 1 in 2006 after a glittering career and, despite test drives for his old team Ferarri, has insisted there is no chance of a return to racing. — Sapa-AF
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