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#8001 Frans

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Posted 02 December 2010 - 14:51

I think what most people forget is that Schumacher was already going into a downward spriral at his last 2 seasons at Ferrari. He was just not top notch anymore at the end.

He saved face by leaving on time, without to much at least. And I think that spiral won't go as high as he had at his last 2 Ferrari seasons.

Or ... Brawn has to come up with something and then apparently only install it on Schumacher's 2011 car, and not on Rosberg's as well.... :lol:

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#8002 ivand911

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Posted 02 December 2010 - 14:53

After 3 years then there should be no excuse


Reading the article it says the set up of the car favours the faster driver which tends to be Rosberg

I would be happy if Michael will be in F1 after 2 years. But, I doubt that.
About set up favoring faster driver,where you see this? In the article I mean?

Edited by ivand911, 02 December 2010 - 14:53.


#8003 Yorkie

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Posted 02 December 2010 - 15:00

I would be happy if Michael will be in F1 after 2 years. But, I doubt that.
About set up favoring faster driver,where you see this? In the article I mean?

Yes he seems to be saying the car would go in a direction that would suit Rosberg because Rosberg was quicker, then this would then make him struggle even more against Rosberg

#8004 cheapracer

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Posted 02 December 2010 - 15:24

I think what most people forget is that Schumacher was already going into a downward spriral at his last 2 seasons at Ferrari. He was just not top notch anymore at the end.


I don't honestly know but I think we can be assured that after 15 years in it and 10 at the very top that it would be unreasonable to consider he was going to get faster over getting slower.

The wording "downward spiral" doesn't really fit in with his 2nd place 2006 year but it was only time before another team and some young gun came through - totally consistent with F1 History, how long can any team and just one man stay at the top after all, Team Ferrari and Schumacher did it longer than anybody else.

After Schumacher announced he was tired in 2006 I sometimes wonder if Hamilton would have inspired Schumacher to drive in 2007 had he known Hamilton's speed.


#8005 Massa

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Posted 02 December 2010 - 16:55

Schumacher revealed that there were often more problems with his W01 car this year than was apparent to the public.

"In retrospect, there were things; my floor was burned because of the exhaust being too hot, or the F-duct working in places where it should not.

"There were many (issues), resulting from the fact that we are in a restructuring phase but we still wanted to go for the title," he said.

With the recently-departed Honda’s huge investment still showing, the team – then Brawn GP – won the 2009 title whilst reducing staff and looking for investors for the future.

"There were a lot of changes," said Schumacher, who joined the team after the Mercedes buy-in. "(In 2009), Honda was gone and there wasn’t the money to hold the team together."

With the championship-winning car’s successor, he recalls Singapore, where Nico Rosberg performed well and he struggled in the pack.

"A week later I got the team’s analysis: my teammate and I were five degrees apart on the front wing. In formula one, that’s a world," said the former Ferrari driver, intimating that Rosberg suffered from fewer such car discrepancies.

He continued: "At Spa my F-duct didn’t work, but I didn’t say anything. At Suzuka it happened again - again a problem with my car but not with Nico’s.

"I said to Norbert (Haug) and Ross (Brawn) that it was time for an explanation of the reasons.

"I prefer to speak inside the team, and I am convinced that in 2011 the problems will exist no more," said Schumacher, who said he also struggled with the consistency of Bridgestone’s tyres this year.

He acknowledges that his age and his retirement also played a role in his 2010 struggle.

"I was away for three years, and I’m no longer 25. The car was a compromise. With the tyre, it was difficult for me to drive how I wanted to," said Schumacher.



#8006 Urawa

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Posted 02 December 2010 - 17:02

He speaks very open about technical informations and differences to Nico at the AMuS interview. Very very interesting.
One can really feel how depressed he was with some of those issues.

Edited by Urawa, 02 December 2010 - 17:08.


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Posted 02 December 2010 - 18:26

Given the info ry1808 gave on Jock Clear, Rosberg vill probably be even stronger next year.

Anyway, it´s funny reading about Schumacher complaining about his F-duct not
working and wanting an explanation for this as Rosbergs worked.
He didn´t mention that Rosbergs car fell apart in that Suzuka race though... :lol:

Schumacher should just shut the fakk up really, he´s had better reliability than his teammate
in all other seasons.

#8008 Callisto

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Posted 02 December 2010 - 18:42

How can a drivers f-duct work in places it should not,when it is driver operated?

#8009 ivand911

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Posted 02 December 2010 - 18:48

Given the info ry1808 gave on Jock Clear, Rosberg vill probably be even stronger next year.

Anyway, it´s funny reading about Schumacher complaining about his F-duct not
working and wanting an explanation for this as Rosbergs worked.
He didn´t mention that Rosbergs car fell apart in that Suzuka race though... :lol:

Schumacher should just shut the fakk up really, he´s had better reliability than his teammate
in all other seasons.

To tell you a secret ,he is not talking about reliability. Only you are feeling it that way. He is talking about thinks that didn't work as they supposed to. Falling tyres(one for Michael and two for Nico) have nothing to do with reliability. But, as you said we will see next year.


#8010 ivand911

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Posted 02 December 2010 - 18:49

How can a drivers f-duct work in places it should not,when it is driver operated?

Maybe operating mechanism is not working? Not closing?


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Posted 02 December 2010 - 20:24

"I prefer to speak inside the team,..."
Really, You've already put the blame on anyone and anything nearby you to justify YOUR faillure.

"The car was a compromise. With the tyre, it was difficult for me to drive how I wanted to," said Schumacher.
Really, YOU are the center of the Universe, Bridgestone should make tires specially for you, no matter you decided to came back in the last moment.

Stop moaning, Schumacher. :p

Edited by DarthRonzo, 02 December 2010 - 20:26.


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Posted 02 December 2010 - 20:49

"I prefer to speak inside the team,..."
Really, You've already put the blame on anyone and anything nearby you to justify YOUR faillure.

"The car was a compromise. With the tyre, it was difficult for me to drive how I wanted to," said Schumacher.
Really, YOU are the center of the Universe, Bridgestone should make tires specially for you, no matter you decided to came back in the last moment.

Stop moaning, Schumacher. :p

Remind you of anyone? "The team, they made me lose the race" "It happened once again on my side" "A bit too much on my side".

Yet he is a legend, and Schumacher moans whilst being a failure? Right.

#8013 BRK

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Posted 02 December 2010 - 20:51

To the 'critics': (what an outdated,old-fashioned term) Er,hasn't he mentioned his age as being a factor as well?

Nice work picking those lines that suit your agendas best.

Edited by BRK, 02 December 2010 - 20:52.


#8014 EdwardCullen

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Posted 02 December 2010 - 21:26

guys plz stop feeding the trolls

#8015 SeanValen

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Posted 03 December 2010 - 01:11

"In retrospect, there were things; my floor was burned because of the exhaust being too hot, or the F-duct working in places where it should not. There were many [issues], resulting from the fact that we are in a restructuring phase but we still wanted to go for the title.

"At Spa my F-duct didn't work, but I didn't say anything. At Suzuka it happened again - a problem with my car but not with Nico's. I said to Norbert [Haug] and Ross [Brawn] that it was time for an explanation of the reasons."

http://en.espnf1.com...tory/35698.html




Alot of people enjoyed Schumacher'performances at Spa and Suzuka, and I'm glad he actually revealed his issues, because usually he would of kept technical problems within the team, but given how bad the season he has had compared to the expectations on him, I don't blame him for speaking out, it actually is encouraging to know he could of that done that bit better in qualifying and the race for Spa and Suzuka, even if many thought he did good at those races already, there could of been more.


"With the championship winning car's successor, he recalls Singapore, where Nico Rosberg performed well and he struggled in the pack.


http://www.f1sa.com/...c...&Itemid=157

"A week later I got the team's analysis: my team-mate and I were five degrees apart on the front wing. In Formula One, that's a world," said the former Ferrari driver, intimating that Rosberg suffered from fewer such car discrepancies"




All season we wanted Michael to talk about ihis issues and what's happening, can we find out somethings. Looks like he got the wrath of issues that nobody would envision him having given the status and percieved power we thought could make a difference in the team given his name and all, in the end, he was in a team with limited resources and he got more effected then Rosberg which seems totally weird, but given how proud he is, it must of been tough to keep behind doors especially with so many wondering about his return. Mercedes seem better prepared for 2011 and Michael can't get these issues again, I'm sure steps have been taken.

To think how well he was doing at Suzuka even with the f duct issues, without them , would he have been up there with Hamilton. Encouraging stuff for 2011, there's much potential left to look forward too and he wants to prove alot, 2011 could be the cracker season of them all. :smoking: :up:

Edited by SeanValen, 03 December 2010 - 01:18.


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Posted 03 December 2010 - 01:21

"With the championship winning car's successor, he recalls Singapore, where Nico Rosberg performed well and he struggled in the pack.


http://www.f1sa.com/...c...&Itemid=157

"A week later I got the team's analysis: my team-mate and I were five degrees apart on the front wing. In Formula One, that's a world," said the former Ferrari driver, intimating that Rosberg suffered from fewer such car discrepancies"


With all respect, I´d have thought that an old gun like Schumacher would have spotted the five degree difference in the front wing. How did Rosberg get it right and Schumacher get it wrong? Even if Schumacher´s engineers got it wrong, does Michael not have enough experience (isn´t it the same guy who started in F1 in 1991?) to find that out and ask the engineers to change it?

#8017 cheapracer

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Posted 03 December 2010 - 01:22

How can a drivers f-duct work in places it should not,when it is driver operated?


Did Benz have the auto system running in those particular races?


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Posted 03 December 2010 - 02:13

Did Benz have the auto system running in those particular races?

auto system?,is that not against the rules?.i thought only a driver could operate the f-duct,

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Posted 03 December 2010 - 02:56

With all respect, I´d have thought that an old gun like Schumacher would have spotted the five degree difference in the front wing. How did Rosberg get it right and Schumacher get it wrong? Even if Schumacher´s engineers got it wrong, does Michael not have enough experience (isn´t it the same guy who started in F1 in 1991?) to find that out and ask the engineers to change it?

I think it is a fair question.. and I would be dissapointed in him if he didnt say 'front downforce is down, where are we on the front wing' for example.. but it SOUNDS as if they knew something was wrong but needed analysis to say what it was.. so either his mechanics just stuffed up and told him he had different wing than he did (not a lot a driver can do if he is asking and being told nonsense)..or something was defective, or whatever.

Imagine where he would have ended up if qual at spa and suzuka had been numerous places higher though. Suzuka especially..

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Posted 03 December 2010 - 06:05

Do we really think that Michael can ever catch Nico again? Not really! The younger top guys from from Alonso down to Kubica and Rosberg are probably faster by now. Michael will enjoy the challenge of competing with them as an elder statesman and driving pundit. It's much more fun and more rewarding than breaking your bones or neck on motor bikes each year or making wise cracks on RTL 20 times a year.

He will help his team by bringing sponsors in with his past glory. He is still good enough to run the second seat at Mercedes. So basically all parties can be happy to have him. Corinna most certainly is happier to have him in F1 cars than on motor bikes. The Schumi fans like me need no convincing that Michael's F1 career is the best thing to happen to Germany since beer was invented. Nothing that can ever happen to him will destroy the pleasure he gave us over the years. I don't mind one bit that he could not win an eights championship after 2004. He served his country well for 15 years and broke all records.

Card blanche from me to Schumi to have fun as an F1 pensioneer!

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Posted 03 December 2010 - 07:10

Do we really think that Michael can ever catch Nico again? Not really! The younger top guys from from Alonso down to Kubica and Rosberg are probably faster by now. Michael will enjoy the challenge of competing with them as an elder statesman and driving pundit. It's much more fun and more rewarding than breaking your bones or neck on motor bikes each year or making wise cracks on RTL 20 times a year.

He will help his team by bringing sponsors in with his past glory. He is still good enough to run the second seat at Mercedes. So basically all parties can be happy to have him. Corinna most certainly is happier to have him in F1 cars than on motor bikes. The Schumi fans like me need no convincing that Michael's F1 career is the best thing to happen to Germany since beer was invented. Nothing that can ever happen to him will destroy the pleasure he gave us over the years. I don't mind one bit that he could not win an eights championship after 2004. He served his country well for 15 years and broke all records.

Card blanche from me to Schumi to have fun as an F1 pensioneer!

Brave to stick your neck out so, but hey, you are entitled to your predictions. Ill predict that next year we will all wonder what happened this year..

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Posted 03 December 2010 - 07:37

With all respect, I´d have thought that an old gun like Schumacher would have spotted the five degree difference in the front wing. How did Rosberg get it right and Schumacher get it wrong? Even if Schumacher´s engineers got it wrong, does Michael not have enough experience (isn´t it the same guy who started in F1 in 1991?) to find that out and ask the engineers to change it?

Well he hasn't driven Rosberg's car in Singapore.
Although I think that it is indeed strange for MS to give these kind of interviews, but still Rosberg did a pretty good job with the car. And if those claims by Michael are true, then he wasn't far behind.
As far as the team is concerned, I've seen so many tactical mistakes this year, that I can't be convinced that everything went well.

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Posted 03 December 2010 - 08:38

With all respect, I´d have thought that an old gun like Schumacher would have spotted the five degree difference in the front wing. How did Rosberg get it right and Schumacher get it wrong? Even if Schumacher´s engineers got it wrong, does Michael not have enough experience (isn´t it the same guy who started in F1 in 1991?) to find that out and ask the engineers to change it?


Stop trolling please. :rolleyes: Or did you suddenly forget to speak German? :lol:

"Eine Woche später bekomme ich vom Team die Analyse: Mein Teamkollege konnte mehr Frontflügel geben, sodass wir am Ende fünf Grad auseinander lagen. Das ist in der Formel 1 eine Welt."

"My teammate could apply more wing, and in the end there was a 5 degree difference between us.In Formula One, that's a world"

The English translations of the interview posted from the other sits are pretty inaccurate.

Edited by Diablobb81, 03 December 2010 - 08:42.


#8024 carbonfibre

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Posted 03 December 2010 - 08:51

Yep that is the correct translation above me. And that makes it a whole different story.

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Posted 03 December 2010 - 08:56

As Michael said before cars were not the same. Norbert confirm. What more can be said here? All year situation in the team was fishy. Congratulation to Nico for having the better car. It is nice I guess to have 5 degree more in the FW and your Fduct to work where it should. Then you can have less under steer? I guess. OK, 2010 finish, lets enjoy 2011. I am happy Michael said what type of problems he have in his car, we wonder about it all year. Still in Singapore Michael was 4th fastest in his last stint of 20-25 laps. With his beaten car,after 2-3 crashes.

Edited by ivand911, 03 December 2010 - 09:14.


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Posted 03 December 2010 - 09:34

Maybe operating mechanism is not working? Not closing?

Mercedes was using a passive system. The 'active' F-Duct is banned for 2011, but the version Mercedes ran will still be available for the teams.

No, I don't understand how it works, but I would assume that it will be tuned to start having an effect above certain speeds.

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Posted 03 December 2010 - 09:52

Mercedes was using a passive system. The 'active' F-Duct is banned for 2011, but the version Mercedes ran will still be available for the teams.

No, I don't understand how it works, but I would assume that it will be tuned to start having an effect above certain speeds.

Next year as they will have changeable angle on the Rear wing, they will not need Fduct. I guess. I think we still don't know what type was Mercedes Fduct? Some people will argue for passive or active. But, if it was passive I guess there can be a problem with fine tuning. It is not easy to make it work like the active system.

Edited by ivand911, 03 December 2010 - 09:54.


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Posted 03 December 2010 - 09:59

Next year as they will have changeable angle on the Rear wing, they will not need Fduct. I guess. I think we still don't know what type was Mercedes Fduct? Some people will argue for passive or active. But, if it was passive I guess there can be a problem with fine tuning. It is not easy to make it work like the active system.


Ivan, if he said it was working where it should not(fast corners) then it is obvious it was passive, at least it should be obvious, not? It is also obvious they used active systems later on.


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Posted 03 December 2010 - 10:05

Next year as they will have changeable angle on the Rear wing, they will not need Fduct. I guess. I think we still don't know what type was Mercedes Fduct? Some people will argue for passive or active. But, if it was passive I guess there can be a problem with fine tuning. It is not easy to make it work like the active system.


Buttoneer, I presume at speeds with NO G loads other wise it would be iffy in a fast corner ...

They do need it next year as the wing angle thing is only for certain occasions for fake passing which is B/S - they need to fix the foundation and stop putting band aids on an open wound, the puss is still seeping through.


#8030 Buttoneer

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Posted 03 December 2010 - 10:38

I think we still don't know what type was Mercedes Fduct? Some people will argue for passive or active.

This isn't guessing. Mercedes used a passive system early in the season.

#8031 aditya-now

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Posted 03 December 2010 - 10:41

Aditya, IIRC you rated Schumacher as the second best driver of all time, right?


So then maybe my best driver is the most overrated driver in history then.... ;)


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Posted 03 December 2010 - 10:43

The 'active' F-Duct is banned for 2011, but the version Mercedes ran will still be available for the teams.

really? can you post something about that? i dont remember anything about passive fduct being regular

#8033 Frans

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Posted 03 December 2010 - 10:48

Isn't KERS comming back in 2011 as well? ... Poor Schumacher ,... I wonder if he can handle that ...

But on the other hand, he then already has an new excuse for 2011 already ready. "I never drove with KERS before ... so I am not so good at it.... "

:rotfl: And that while he isn't ready with making up stuff to explain why he failed in 2010 so bigtime ..... :up:

#8034 aditya-now

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Posted 03 December 2010 - 10:49

Stop trolling please. :rolleyes: Or did you suddenly forget to speak German? :lol:

"Eine Woche später bekomme ich vom Team die Analyse: Mein Teamkollege konnte mehr Frontflügel geben, sodass wir am Ende fünf Grad auseinander lagen. Das ist in der Formel 1 eine Welt."

"My teammate could apply more wing, and in the end there was a 5 degree difference between us.In Formula One, that's a world"

The English translations of the interview posted from the other sits are pretty inaccurate.


Sorry, did not read the German original. That makes things different. :up:

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Posted 03 December 2010 - 10:50

Well, according to this article from late June: http://www.auto-moto...er-1913867.html

Mercedes used a sort of cartridge inside the rear wing which contained gills. These gills detected wheter the air flow came from the front and how high the air pressure was. During a certain constellation, the air on the rear part of the wing would have been canceled, which would break the air flow.

Apparently McLaren also used the same system from Monaco 2009 onwards.

#8036 aditya-now

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Posted 03 December 2010 - 10:55

As Michael said before cars were not the same. Norbert confirm. What more can be said here? All year situation in the team was fishy. Congratulation to Nico for having the better car. It is nice I guess to have 5 degree more in the FW and your Fduct to work where it should. Then you can have less under steer? I guess. OK, 2010 finish, lets enjoy 2011. I am happy Michael said what type of problems he have in his car, we wonder about it all year.


This reads like Michael has been sabotaged by his own team, also thinking of the team orders. Yet it does not add up, why would they pay millions to Michael only to sabotage him then? Something is just not right, and I wonder where this lack of coherence is coming from...


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Posted 03 December 2010 - 11:14

really? can you post something about that? i dont remember anything about passive fduct being regular

This was Brundle commentating on the BBC. He maintained that driver controlled F-ducts would be out but that teams could still employ the passive systems. I can't find anything written so it could be wrong - I'll avoid claiming it as 'fact' anyway.

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Posted 03 December 2010 - 11:20

Stop trolling please. :rolleyes: Or did you suddenly forget to speak German? :lol:

"Eine Woche später bekomme ich vom Team die Analyse: Mein Teamkollege konnte mehr Frontflügel geben, sodass wir am Ende fünf Grad auseinander lagen. Das ist in der Formel 1 eine Welt."

"My teammate could apply more wing, and in the end there was a 5 degree difference between us.In Formula One, that's a world"

The English translations of the interview posted from the other sits are pretty inaccurate.


Okay that makes more sense, but makes it kind of worse.. Nico had, for some reason, 5 degrees more in-cockpit adjustment available to the wing? What kind of shonky operation are they running up there?

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Posted 03 December 2010 - 11:23

This was Brundle commentating on the BBC. He maintained that driver controlled F-ducts would be out but that teams could still employ the passive systems. I can't find anything written so it could be wrong - I'll avoid claiming it as 'fact' anyway.



"We don't have the F-duct next year, which is a bit sad because we have a great system," Button said during a McLaren webchat.

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#8040 ivand911

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Posted 03 December 2010 - 11:33

Isn't KERS comming back in 2011 as well? ... Poor Schumacher ,... I wonder if he can handle that ...

But on the other hand, he then already has an new excuse for 2011 already ready. "I never drove with KERS before ... so I am not so good at it.... "

:rotfl: And that while he isn't ready with making up stuff to explain why he failed in 2010 so bigtime ..... :up:

I think his team mate never drove KERS also? In Williams 2009? I am surprised that McLaren are testing new car on Simulator already and using KERS too. I hope Mercedes can do this too.

Edited by ivand911, 03 December 2010 - 11:36.


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Posted 03 December 2010 - 11:43

I think his team mate never drove KERS also? In Williams 2009? I am surprised that McLaren are testing new car on Simulator already and using KERS too. I hope Mercedes can do this too.


I think they can't. Their sim is is the most advance of all still, I think.


#8042 Tarzaan

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Posted 03 December 2010 - 11:45

Must read: http://translate.goo...=...l=&ie=UTF-8

:)



Yes. Ha told things what we thought, but were not officialy confirmed.

I'm sure, if the Merc build a good car to next season, Schumi will fight for his 8th title. He will handle Rosberg easily.

#8043 carbonfibre

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Posted 03 December 2010 - 11:52

Ah well let's see what 2011 will bring.

But i know one thing for sure and that is that Michael is no whiner. If there was something wrong at Ferrari they always handled it behind the screens, he never let his team down in public. And when he did say something harsh (like bridgestone 2005) there was a very very good reason for it.

Michael isn't the type to go and whine about things, he instead prefers to solve them together in a good way.

Edited by carbonfibre, 03 December 2010 - 11:52.


#8044 ivand911

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Posted 03 December 2010 - 11:57

Every year with Michael in F1 is the best. I am ready with my tickets for Turkey 2011. 30 euro for General Admission. Happy,happy,happy.

#8045 aditya-now

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Posted 03 December 2010 - 12:00

This reads like Michael has been sabotaged by his own team, also thinking of the team orders. Yet it does not add up, why would they pay millions to Michael only to sabotage him then? Something is just not right, and I wonder where this lack of coherence is coming from...


Okay that makes more sense, but makes it kind of worse.. Nico had, for some reason, 5 degrees more in-cockpit adjustment available to the wing? What kind of shonky operation are they running up there?


Ah well let's see what 2011 will bring.

But i know one thing for sure and that is that Michael is no whiner. If there was something wrong at Ferrari they always handled it behind the screens, he never let his team down in public. And when he did say something harsh (like bridgestone 2005) there was a very very good reason for it.

Michael isn't the type to go and whine about things, he instead prefers to solve them together in a good way.


Michael certainly is no whiner, which makes the whole thing even more mysterious to me. How could Ross, who was a 100% Schumacher man back at Benetton and Ferrari let Michael down to that extent? Are there unseen forces, uncontrollable forces within the team that work against Schumacher? Haug states he stands by Michael, Zetsche says he stands by Michael, but for some reason Rosberg seems to get different (better) car possibilities and better team strategies than Michael, and Michael with all his experience and all his political clout can´t help himself?!


#8046 Massa

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Posted 03 December 2010 - 12:09

With all respect, I´d have thought that an old gun like Schumacher would have spotted the five degree difference in the front wing. How did Rosberg get it right and Schumacher get it wrong? Even if Schumacher´s engineers got it wrong, does Michael not have enough experience (isn´t it the same guy who started in F1 in 1991?) to find that out and ask the engineers to change it?



are you serious ? Mercedes engineer found this problem after ONE WEEK. And you think Schumacher can found this problem in race ? ...

#8047 aditya-now

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Posted 03 December 2010 - 12:13

are you serious ? Mercedes engineer found this problem after ONE WEEK. And you think Schumacher can found this problem in race ? ...


Just go to read on, post 8054.


#8048 Fortymark

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Posted 03 December 2010 - 13:52

Excuse me but wasn´t Schumaher much slower than Rosberg long time before
Mercedes even got a F-duct? :drunk:

#8049 Szoelloe

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Posted 03 December 2010 - 13:57

we all excuse you mate

#8050 merschu

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Posted 03 December 2010 - 14:36

I have never heard this Michael Schumacher story before :

Why James Courtney owes life to Michael Schumacher

MICHAEL Schumacher looked down at the young Australian and saw blood coming from his eyes, nose, ears and mouth.

There was little left of the Aussie's Formula One car - the wing, floor, engine and gearbox had broken off before he hit the wall at 306km/h.By the time the car had bounced back and stopped about 80m away from the wall, all that was left were a few pieces of carbon fibre wrapped around a body that refused to move.

"I just remember someone yelling at me," would-be V8 Supercar champion James Courtney recalled. "I looked up and it was Michael Schumacher."

The man regarded as the best Formula One driver in history, a legend in every language, pulled Courtney from a potentially deadly situation in Monza, Italy.As fuel cells threatened to mix with smouldering metal and rubber, the German reached out and offered his hand. "It was pretty surreal having a five-time champion there," Courtney said.

Schumacher approached the wreck with his heart in his mouth.Officials banned photographers from the scene, fearing the worst.
"Everyone had to stop but Schumacher made it on to the scene. He was the first there. He tried to make sure everything was OK."


"I was doing 330km/h in top gear and I got on the brake," Courtney said. "The rear suspension failed and it pulled the rear wishbone out of the gearbox."A wheel was off the ground and I hit the wall."The force of the impact knocked Courtney out. As he came to, he had no idea what had happened. But panic set in when he tried to move."I was paralysed on the right side of my body and I was freaking out," Courtney said.

"Officials were talking to me in Italian, so Schumacher was the only one I could get any sense from."....



http://www.dailytele...r-1225965341058

Edited by merschu, 03 December 2010 - 14:38.