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#8901 7timesbetterthantherest

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Posted 24 March 2011 - 03:39

Michael will surprise in OZ :up:

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#8902 7timesbetterthantherest

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Posted 24 March 2011 - 04:29

Found this NEW :up: article on the net ... Interview with Michael and he tells it straight ... Schumacher is very bullish in this interview :smoking:

http://www.telegraph...uperiority.html

interviewed by TOM CARY ...

some points of interest

''Michael Schumacher eyes eighth F1 title as he brushes aside notion of Playstation generation's superiority
Michael Schumacher has warned his rivals to expect the real deal this season, insisting that he will have “no one to blame” but himself if he does not perform.''

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'Schumacher’s optimism is not shared by everyone. Most pundits, including legendary British driver Sir Stirling Moss, believe the 42 year-old should have quit while he was ahead.

“I think Michael’s comeback was entirely wrong,” Moss told February’s edition of F1 Racing magazine. “I really don’t think he should have done it.

"I think he was lucky to get all those titles, frankly. He got them because he was in the right car.” Schumacher gives such talk short shift.

“Yes, I have been a very lucky person,” he said, sarcastically. “Honestly, I don’t feel that I need to justify myself. I feel that my success speaks for itself. You can’t always be lucky.” In Schumacher’s defence, he was never that. He earned those titles.

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“You may say it’s the same team but in Ross it’s being managed by a very different person,” Schumacher said. “If you look at soccer teams, very often they change managers and win everything with exactly the same players.”

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The flipside is that if he fails now he has nothing left to blame.

“It’s true. I’m running out of excuses,” he acknowledged. “At the moment we have nothing to blame.”

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Multi-tasking within the cockpit has become all important and those who have honed their skills on the games console, so the argument goes, are in pole position.

“Bull----,” Schumacher said. “I think generally we are all very good at multi-tasking. Some are better than others, certainly, but independent of generation. Playstation? That’s one story. Reality? That’s another story.

“Actually if you go back 10 years ago we had a lot more activity on the steering wheel than we do now. We had traction control; we had multi-function electronic possibility to make adjustments. So what’s the big deal?”

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Schumacher’s increasing confidence is shared by others.

Red Bull’s Mark Webber believes the German is looking more competitive and will relish the switch to quick-wearing Pirelli tyres this year, which will mean plenty more pit-stops and the opportunity to make strategy decisions on the hoof.

“Michael and Ross will be all over that,” he predicted.

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Bring on Melbourne ... Go Michael ! :up:

#8903 F1Nutter

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Posted 24 March 2011 - 08:25

Yep!

I think the strategy aspect is really going to suit him this year.

I would be surprised if he did not win at least one race, would be great to rub it all over Moss' face!

#8904 Muz Bee

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Posted 24 March 2011 - 08:41

SSM is entitled to his opinion no matter how gratingly repetitive the theme of it appears.

As far from a MS fan I think his (MS's) comments are much fairer - you don't always have luck to account for 7 WDCs. Of all the old champions comments over the last few years I personally feel Stirl's are the only ones really embarassing in their lack of balance. (I don't count Berger as a champion)

#8905 Ruf

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Posted 24 March 2011 - 09:07

I would agree with you IF 1999 didn´t prove me wrong.

Ferrari didn´t want to win the title, they only wanted Michael Schumacher to win. There was no ferrari, only MS´s team.

That's only wild conspiracy theories. The only "fact" that might actually back it is that the 3 wheels cock up was deliberate which in itself is another conspiracy theory not sustained by the facts. What actually happened in the second half of 99 season (wins gifted to Irvine, Schumacher as number 2, etc) suggest that in fact Ferrari did all they could to win it even if the champion was Irvine but that simply wasn't possible with Irvine and Salo. Despite McLaren's involuntary but constant "support".

Yes, you are kinda correct in a weird and twisted way: it was MS's team but simply because he was the best.

#8906 salamin

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Posted 24 March 2011 - 10:38

...meanwhile schumacher odds are shrinking (im following bwin) from last weeks *13 down to *8



Sebastian Vettel (GER/Red Bull) 2.45
Fernando Alonso (ESP/Ferrari) 4.85
Mark Webber (AUS/Red Bull) 4.85
Michael Schumacher (GER/Mercedes) 8.00

Lewis Hamilton (GBR/McLaren) 13.00
Felipe Massa (BRA/Ferrari) 13.00
Nico Rosberg (GER/Mercedes) 17.00
Nick Heidfeld (GER/Renault) 21.00
Jenson Button (GBR/McLaren) 22.00





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Posted 24 March 2011 - 12:24

“Honestly, I don’t feel that I need to justify myself. I feel that my success speaks for itself."


Great and classy answer, Michael. :up:

#8908 salamin

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Posted 24 March 2011 - 12:36

with 3 to 4 pits this year schumacher might have a little advantage:
first because of the outstanding merc pit crew (which was the quickest in 2010 at most of the races iirc) and I remember schumacher entering the pits with crazy speed back in the days, which could be of advantage as well !
schumacher entering box

Edited by salamin, 24 March 2011 - 12:37.


#8909 FigJam

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Posted 24 March 2011 - 12:52

Michael will surprise in OZ :up:


Agreed. He is looking prime to spring a surprise bounce back to true MS form. :up:

A competitive Schumacher is great for F1, lets hope he and Mercedes deliver.

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Posted 24 March 2011 - 13:15

Michael should go out there and give his best and enjoy himself.Wins and podiums would follow if the car is competitive.


All the guys who are doubting or bashing michael are doing so because that is the only way for them to stay in the media limelight.

Go Michael Go :love:

#8911 ivand911

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Posted 24 March 2011 - 14:04

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Posted 24 March 2011 - 15:01

Q. Do you think there is a safety issue with the adjustable rear wing and KERS?

MS: Absolutely not. If you see last year people running one-handed through Eau Rouge, and the same people now complaining of safety, I think it is a much safer rear wing by now to operate.


Schumi bashing Webber :up:

#8913 merschu

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Posted 24 March 2011 - 15:23

Michael Schumacher: “I’m back on it…”

Michael Schumacher expects to be much stronger this season after the tyre frustrations that hampered him last year have gone.

Michael struggled to come to terms with the 2010 Bridgestones, but the re-set provided by the arrival of Pirelli has given him new impetus.

“The only thing you can probably say is the characteristic of last year’s tyres was very unusual to my experience,” he said when asked by this blog. “The tyres we have now, they are a lot more normal. In this respect I’m happy to have this kind of character. Obviously the car, on top, is a lot more normal race car. Performance orientated, as a mixture, it gives more feedback, and I just feel more comfortable.”

Inevitably last year many people were sceptical when Schumacher cited the tyres as his problem, but when I quizzed him on that he said it’s not about proving people wrong.

“The most important thing is what I want to prove to myself. Even now I’m not absolutely 100% clear on the one lap factor what I had to do to make that tyre work. I didn’t really understand whether it was only the tyre, whether it was me for three years out, now knowing the team and not knowing all the switches and positions, and what I had to do to make the whole package working together. I don’t know, I just know now I do feel it, and I’m back on it.”

Michael says he has no concerns about this year’s new technology.

“In the time that I’ve been racing I’ve gone through many different development phases. There have been the very standard days of manual shifting, as I started, there have been the days of active suspension, traction control, ABS and so on, and there have been all the electronics that you adjusted on the steering wheel. We had last year f-ducts, we have this year rear wings, we have KERS. I can only say anything that makes me going quicker, that I can adapt and adjust in the car, that’s what I like.

“There are lots of predictions. I just think we should get on with it this weekend, we’ll see what is the reality. Testing is one thing, racing is another thing, then afterwards we can go into the details and analyse and see whether it was for the good or not for the good or whatever. And what did really happen. I think it’s too much talk at the moment.”


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Edited by merschu, 24 March 2011 - 15:25.


#8914 Tardis40

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Posted 24 March 2011 - 15:31

Michael is being reported as more and more optimistic about where this season's car slots in. He's always been very clinical in his comments, it's a little surprising to see him so openly enthusiastic. I hope he's right!

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Posted 24 March 2011 - 15:42

The guy is being asked the same questions repeatedly, so, what is he suppose to say other than repeating the same cautious optimism, that race might go not too badly for them. He could aslo shoot Norbert and Ross into underbelly instead, but that's non-starter.

In fact some of the media, I do suspect, are engaging in entrapment in expectations, that he will oversell MGP team, and then they can wipe it later on on his face.

We need a race to take a place, and learn how confused we will come out of the Ozi-land. It might take a while before a pecking pattern will emerge, and then prediction can beggin to roll in. I would not be suprised that in first several races we will be left guessing, having no clue who will be remaining standing in Nov and the last race.

Edited by Sakae, 24 March 2011 - 15:47.


#8916 Grundle

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Posted 24 March 2011 - 15:44

Schumi bashing Webber :up:

Schumi and Webber don't get along well.

#8917 Sakae

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Posted 24 March 2011 - 15:52

Since when?

#8918 RedBaron

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Posted 24 March 2011 - 16:24

Schumi and Webber don't get along well.


They've had comings together on track, but from Webber I've seen nothing but praise for Schumacher and his legacy in recent times.

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Posted 24 March 2011 - 16:52

I have read that Webber and Schu got on very well back earlier in his career, but then grew apart. I don't think there's any especially bad feelings - and i don't think that comment was aimed at anyone in particular

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#8920 Nonesuch

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Posted 24 March 2011 - 23:35

Here's a short video (3 minutes) of Michael Schumacher talking about some of the regulation changes for this season on MotorsTV. Most people here will already know all about those changes, but it might nevertheless be fun to watch - or just a good way to spend the time till FP1 starts in a couple of hours: :p



#8921 ivand911

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Posted 25 March 2011 - 09:16

From slideways live from Australia:
PS "Michael looked VERY fast through T12 today. Fastest behind the RBRs and Renaults. He also ran the car much lower than anyone else (bottomed out every lap). He reminded me more of old Schumi today."

Edited by ivand911, 25 March 2011 - 09:17.


#8922 jj2728

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Posted 25 March 2011 - 12:13

From slideways live from Australia:
PS "Michael looked VERY fast through T12 today. Fastest behind the RBRs and Renaults. He also ran the car much lower than anyone else (bottomed out every lap). He reminded me more of old Schumi today."


Fast enough for what, 7th?

#8923 F1Nutter

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Posted 25 March 2011 - 12:16

Fast enough for what, 7th?


It is called practice.

Can we please evaluate everyone's performances at the end of the race on Sunday.

#8924 Buttoneer

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Posted 25 March 2011 - 19:25

Posts about Schumacher v Rosberg moved to the correct thread. No more hijacks, thank you.

#8925 PoliFanAthic

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 06:46

Wow... :cry:

#8926 Sof1

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 06:47

That was painful to watch!

#8927 Massa_f1

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 06:48

I am not suprised he was slow he was short shifting terribly insector 2 and 3. Terrible qualy to be honest,

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 06:48

Everyone is at the mercy of the tyres as predicted. Looks as though the tyres just went off towards the end.

On the positive side it looks as though Mercedes has a clear speed advantage over the others. Hope to see a lot of over taking!

Edited by Ferrari_F1_fan_2001, 26 March 2011 - 06:50.


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Posted 26 March 2011 - 06:49

Disappointing.

Maybe some tire gamble will work out for the race.

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 06:50

I am not suprised he was slow he was short shifting terribly insector 2 and 3. Terrible qualy to be honest,

he set his fastest q2 sector on last lap but lost 2 tenths on the last 2 corners....

mercedes a dog anyway, i may aswell go into hibernation until next year

#8931 Sof1

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 06:50

What did schumi say via team radio at the end?

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 06:51

I am not suprised he was slow he was short shifting terribly insector 2 and 3. Terrible qualy to be honest,

Indeed, it was reminiscent of some of his laps back in the V10 days, the difference being back then they had the torque to still get a strong exit without bogging down.

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 06:52

Jeez man. Its only qualifying. The race is long and there are slower cars in front of them.

That and the speed advantage and Schumacher's great starts give me optimism for tomorrow.

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 06:55

While I honestly hoped for top 8 qualifying, 11 is not the end of the world given the pace on the longer stints. Lets hope there won't be any strategical brain fades.

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 06:57

While I honestly hoped for top 8 qualifying, 11 is not the end of the world given the pace on the longer stints. Lets hope there won't be any strategical brain fades.

Check Haime and Koba longer stints from yesterday.


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Posted 26 March 2011 - 07:06

Did anyone see the sector times for his two fast runs in Q2?

I recall the German commentator was saying he did PBs in sector 1 and sector 2 of the first run, which should have put him easily in the top 10 seeing how his best lap was a .9 something and the time to beat in Q2 was a .8 something.

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 07:07

Did anyone see the sector times for his two fast runs in Q2?

I recall the German commentator was saying he did PBs in sector 1 and sector 2 of the first run, which should have put him easily in the top 10 seeing how his best lap was a .9 something and the time to beat in Q2 was a .8 something.

Live timing didn't work.


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Posted 26 March 2011 - 07:09

Disappointing.

Maybe some tire gamble will work out for the race.


Actually I thought Ross was on to a clever strategy. Use up the softs in Qualy, save the hards for the race and do one less pit stop. But then he puts him out on hards in Q2 and just misses.



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Posted 26 March 2011 - 07:09

MS gave an interview to RTL. My German is far from brilliant, but I believe he said that on his penultimate lap (the one where the tyres were fresh), KERS did not work. Then it worked on his last lap, but the tyres were done.

I say this with caution, but I believe I got his words right.

He also said that the car was definitely capable of a top 10 result.

Edited by Umpire, 26 March 2011 - 07:10.


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Posted 26 March 2011 - 07:10

Did anyone see the sector times for his two fast runs in Q2?

I recall the German commentator was saying he did PBs in sector 1 and sector 2 of the first run, which should have put him easily in the top 10 seeing how his best lap was a .9 something and the time to beat in Q2 was a .8 something.


He's been losing time in Q3.

Edit: S3, not Q3

Edited by Tardis40, 26 March 2011 - 17:26.


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Posted 26 March 2011 - 07:23

Maybe the RTL guys weren't talking right or I am not remembering well, but if they did say his second timed lap of Q2 (the 1.26.1 or what it was) had Personal Bests in Sectors 1 and 2, how would KERS have ruined the lap in the sector where it is used the least?

Also, I did notice Schumacher used Kers on the finish-start straight, while Hamilton had used all his up by Turn 11.

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 09:10

http://www.autosport...rt.php/id/90233

Says he did Q1 and Q2 on the same set of softs, then used a new set for Q3 when KERS wasn't working properly.

That's worth 3-4 tenths if KERS didn't work at all over an entire lap.

Edited by BRK, 26 March 2011 - 09:10.


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Posted 26 March 2011 - 09:12

He's been losing time in Q3.


To me it looked like he made an error just before he passed the FI (not at all related to the FI) but through those sweeping corners just into S3.

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 09:15

OK , what to do tomorrow? Start with hards, and trying to do 2 stopper? Or crazy 1 stopper. 30-35 laps with hards and 20-25 laps with soft? I think softs will be good at the start for 8-9 laps(heavy cars). After first stop they will come back behind Michael , most of them. Interesting strategy for tomorrow. Just hope it will be not shit strategy as always.
James Allison, Technical Director LRGP: “The race may not be as frantic as we expected”

Edited by ivand911, 26 March 2011 - 09:18.


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Posted 26 March 2011 - 09:17

http://www.autosport...rt.php/id/90233

Says he did Q1 and Q2 on the same set of softs, then used a new set for Q3 when KERS wasn't working properly.

That's worth 3-4 tenths if KERS didn't work at all over an entire lap.



Ok Schumacher posted a 1,25.971 Let's say the KERS is worth half a second; 1,25.471 Now let's say the error cost him half a second; 1,25.000, now let's say the tyres went off on the second lap and lost him 1 second. 1,24.000.

In lala land that means Schumacher posted a 1,24.000... Vettel in his Red Bull still posted a 1,23.529

Oh my goodness.

#8946 BRK

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 09:21

Ha!

With the KERS boost he would have made the cut,though. Less than 9 hundredths in it.

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 09:26

About the KERS, they can use it only for 6,6 sec per lap like in the race? Or they can use it as much as they like in Qualy and FPs?

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 09:30

About the KERS, they can use it only for 6,6 sec per lap like in the race? Or they can use it as much as they like in Qualy and FPs?


6.6 seconds per lap at all times.

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 09:45

OK , what to do tomorrow? Start with hards, and trying to do 2 stopper? Or crazy 1 stopper. 30-35 laps with hards and 20-25 laps with soft? I think softs will be good at the start for 8-9 laps(heavy cars). After first stop they will come back behind Michael , most of them. Interesting strategy for tomorrow. Just hope it will be not shit strategy as always.
James Allison, Technical Director LRGP: “The race may not be as frantic as we expected”


I think a 2 stopper would be the most sensible, not that we've seen a race with anyone on P's yet.

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 09:53

"We" are still having problems, apprently.
It took Ferrari two seasons to see through Kimi, why should MErcedes be any different.