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#10151 glorius&victorius

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Posted 22 May 2011 - 20:23

I am struck how people can be ecstatic about this result. The man was constantly shadowed by his team mate who had a broken DRS, That is pretty depressing to me.



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#10152 exmayol

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Posted 22 May 2011 - 20:24

Its just ridiculous. I'm happy to agree that Nico generally has a pace advantage over Schumi. Where I feel Nico needs to improve is his race craft a little (I'll take this over to the Nico Schumi thread but won't get a much better response).

So as a Schumi fan I'm happy to have a sensible debate about it.

BUT! I think Nico is a great driver, very talented and much younger than Schumi. And look, Schumi beat him in FP3 and some of the Qs so he is hardly slow. Who on the grid in a car below the Mercedes would definately beat Nico? Sutil? Petrov? I don't think so. Probably not Massa either. is di Resta after 5 races proven to take that seat before he learns his trade? No. So who exactly deserves the seat ahead of Schumi meaning after that race performance he HAS to retire? Its just pathetic and impossible to have a decent debate with so many nonsense posts.



Couldn't agree more. This is why we use ignore function so much and only talk among ourselves ;)

#10153 MikeTekRacing

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Posted 22 May 2011 - 20:27

I am struck how people can be ecstatic about this result. The man was constantly shadowed by his team mate who had a broken DRS, That is pretty depressing to me.

There is treatment for depression ;)

I didn't know drs affects pace. I wonder his they where racing in the past

#10154 exmayol

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Posted 22 May 2011 - 20:28

I am struck how people can be ecstatic about this result. The man was constantly shadowed by his team mate who had a broken DRS, That is pretty depressing to me.


Care to elaborate on the shadowing part a bit?

#10155 MikeTekRacing

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Posted 22 May 2011 - 20:33

Care to elaborate on the shadowing part a bit?

Shadow as in stayed behind him

#10156 weston

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Posted 22 May 2011 - 20:35

I am struck how people can be ecstatic about this result.


I can't see celebration here.

#10157 Ferrari_F1_fan_2001

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Posted 22 May 2011 - 20:38

I am struck how people can be ecstatic about this result. The man was constantly shadowed by his team mate who had a broken DRS, That is pretty depressing to me.


Read the comments properly. No one is celebrating 6th place or both Mercedes getting lapped.

What you have here is a bunch of baiting trolls, some people who want to have a mature discussion and others who are putting their two cents worth in.

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Posted 22 May 2011 - 22:06

I'm not sure I see the correlation with Nico being an idiot and the difficulty of overtaking on this track. :confused:

On the change from soft to hard he should certainly have passed by stopping one lap later, contrary to the nonsense here the driver behind has a big advantage there (even worn the softs are something like 2 secs a lap faster).. but he had a goddawful inlap which kept him behind, while Michael nailed the stops well.

He also handled the lapping cars badly and lost a couple of seconds each time.

Being theoretically faster avails you nothing if you cannot either pass or do the necessary in the stops.

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Posted 22 May 2011 - 22:21

Read the comments properly. No one is celebrating 6th place or both Mercedes getting lapped.

What you have here is a bunch of baiting trolls, some people who want to have a mature discussion and others who are putting their two cents worth in.

I think the tendency with a lot of MS fans is to hate ANY critics here. I think the tendency with a lot of MS critics here is just to bash the man and not be objective. Today was a fair return for MS, he outstarted his teammate off the grid (as has been the trend), bearing in mind NR got tucked off the edge by an out of control Petrov on lap 1. Michael drove faultlessly without setting the world on fire - as did Nico, the result was a narrow points decision to Michael. I still suspect Nico is quicker, even at this track, on whatever tyres.

What many critics of Michael's return, like me, often try to point out is - why? F1 isn't a sport for the fun of it, it's the business of winning. When you are working your way up through the sport like Nico, having to battle just to get into the top 6 is accepted as part of it - he has never been in a truly competitive team and has not yet won his first race. But Michael has won nearly a hundred races and 7 WDCs so why bother, he isn't going to get any faster and clearly he isn't held in awe by other drivers anymore. His fans seem to think he is suddenly going to magically return to winning, but he has a formidable teammate he has to beat before that's possible. And then there's an underperforming MGP team who don't seem to have anything special to offer other than a very good engine.

It's not unrealistic to believe as I do, that this result could be close to the best of the season for Michael, is it? Whenever Michael's car has any little issue, or a pitstop is a bit slow or he appears compromised by his teammate, many of his fans go off and use it as a huge excuse. Nico had plenty of reasons for being beaten by 1 second today but he got beaten, end of story. As a Nico fan I'm not going to make excuses for it, he got beat and the team had their own reasons for not finding a way to leapfrog him past Michael. The result was a down to earth thump for MGP who looked like 4th in WCC today. Maybe that will change at Monaco but we won't see the great drives that Michael so exciting to watch.

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Posted 22 May 2011 - 22:50

Rosberg and his fans are on thin ice if they position himself and his career fighting against Schumacher. Formula one and team work to build a better car is not a zero sum game.

Edited by weston, 23 May 2011 - 00:12.


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Posted 22 May 2011 - 22:55

I think the sad thing is that both drivers have not yet had the chance to extract the most ouf of the car because it is a constant state of flux, there's either upgrades or failures, whereas the Red Bull team have a fairly stable package, and the McLarens are developing quickly, but also started off much better than Mercedes.

I think Nico and Michael are both being short-changed by the W02 and both deserve a much better car.

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 00:48

What many critics of Michael's return, like me, often try to point out is - why? F1 isn't a sport for the fun of it, it's the business of winning. When you are working your way up through the sport like Nico, having to battle just to get into the top 6 is accepted as part of it - he has never been in a truly competitive team and has not yet won his first race. But Michael has won nearly a hundred races and 7 WDCs so why bother, he isn't going to get any faster and clearly he isn't held in awe by other drivers anymore. His fans seem to think he is suddenly going to magically return to winning, but he has a formidable teammate he has to beat before that's possible. And then there's an underperforming MGP team who don't seem to have anything special to offer other than a very good engine.


Why bother? Perhaps for him there is racing and not just a business of winning. Not just any racing but racing on the edge with the best guys on the planet. Surely he is a perfectionist and wants winning but hey who doesn't? You might be surprised by he has plenty of fans who love him not for stats but for no fear of challenges and for undeniable will to fight to the end. If there is consistency and proper car development the result will follow.


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Posted 23 May 2011 - 07:52

because michael knows winning sometimes takes years of endeavour

yes he wanted success to come this time but he will have realised very quickly at each season beginning this car was never going to do it.

for all his faults schumacher has never nbeen a quitter unlike most on the grid now and in the past. the guy has never been afraid of hard graft and knows better than anyone sometimes the lucky result turns up when you least expect but if you're not trying it will never show.

he's also fighting to retain his dignity and he will be all too conscious of the detractors having a fireld day. now he's started he cant just walk away with his tail between his legs. god the 1996 and at times 1997 ferrari was aas bad and he never tossed it in then - why expect him to react differently now?

it was exactly these same traits that made him a legend. why would he abandon those qualities now more than ever?

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 07:55

it was exactly these same traits that made him a legend. why would he abandon those qualities now more than ever?


Because he no longer has any speed.

#10165 MikeTekRacing

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 08:00

Because he no longer has any speed.

sure he doesn't :)
just because you say so

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 09:53

Rosberg and his fans are on thin ice if they position himself and his career fighting against Schumacher. Formula one and team work to build a better car is not a zero sum game.

errr..... you'll have to explain that one. In 40 years following and competing in motorsport I haven't heard that one.

On second thoughts, don't bother. Your comments are probably the smoke and mirror games that give credit for any MGP02 improvements to Michael. As for thin ice, let's wait and see.

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 12:50

What I think is that something changed after the Turkey GP, MS was seriously pissed after qualifying and was disappointed after the race, IMO they might have realized backing one driver over another was never going to work and changed the way they approached a weekend. (as it hasn't this past season and half) The interview with MS and Haug was quite telling, for whatever reason Schumacher was a lot more positive and even bullish about their prospects than many would have expected him to be. It was nice to see the team stand by him -if they continue to work together and get rid of any destabilizing elements within the team (you know who I'm talking about) I'm confident they will soon achieve success. I realize this is a smaller operation than most of the other teams and that may necessitate preferential treatment in favour of the younger driver at times, but the results are there for all to see. Try shifting the approach and watch what happens.

BTW, did anyone from BBC ask Schumacher if Rosberg had an edge over him after the race, followed by a replay of Schumacher taking the flag ahead of his teamate? Yeah, didn't think so..

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 13:33

Schumacher Cult

cult/kəlt/Noun
1. A system of religious veneration and devotion directed toward a particular figure or object.
2. A relatively small group of people having religious beliefs or practices regarded by others as strange or sinister.

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 13:46

I thought it was so weird in 1991 that just a kid could come along and wipe the floor with a triple World Champion (Piquet).

I thought it could never happen to Michael when he was racing in 95-04, etc.

But now it's the same situation, age does something obviously.

I will be amazed if he really starts doing well (better than Nico) consistently. That would be really amazing.

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 13:53

I thought it was so weird in 1991 that just a kid could come along and wipe the floor with a triple World Champion (Piquet).
I thought it could never happen to Michael when he was racing in 95-04, etc.
But now it's the same situation, age does something obviously.
I will be amazed if he really starts doing well (better than Nico) consistently. That would be really amazing.

Yes, and Piquet was not so old. He was 39?

Edited by ivand911, 23 May 2011 - 13:54.


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Posted 23 May 2011 - 14:23

I think the tendency with a lot of MS fans is to hate ANY critics here. I think the tendency with a lot of MS critics here is just to bash the man and not be objective. Today was a fair return for MS, he outstarted his teammate off the grid (as has been the trend), bearing in mind NR got tucked off the edge by an out of control Petrov on lap 1. Michael drove faultlessly without setting the world on fire - as did Nico, the result was a narrow points decision to Michael. I still suspect Nico is quicker, even at this track, on whatever tyres.

What many critics of Michael's return, like me, often try to point out is - why? F1 isn't a sport for the fun of it, it's the business of winning. When you are working your way up through the sport like Nico, having to battle just to get into the top 6 is accepted as part of it - he has never been in a truly competitive team and has not yet won his first race. But Michael has won nearly a hundred races and 7 WDCs so why bother, he isn't going to get any faster and clearly he isn't held in awe by other drivers anymore. His fans seem to think he is suddenly going to magically return to winning, but he has a formidable teammate he has to beat before that's possible. And then there's an underperforming MGP team who don't seem to have anything special to offer other than a very good engine.

It's not unrealistic to believe as I do, that this result could be close to the best of the season for Michael, is it? Whenever Michael's car has any little issue, or a pitstop is a bit slow or he appears compromised by his teammate, many of his fans go off and use it as a huge excuse. Nico had plenty of reasons for being beaten by 1 second today but he got beaten, end of story. As a Nico fan I'm not going to make excuses for it, he got beat and the team had their own reasons for not finding a way to leapfrog him past Michael. The result was a down to earth thump for MGP who looked like 4th in WCC today. Maybe that will change at Monaco but we won't see the great drives that Michael so exciting to watch.

Muz, there is no problem critiquing MS. Problem is often substance of the criticism levied against Schumacher, IMO anyway.

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 14:47

Schumacher had a good race. One of the first times I believe he got out of the car- what it could give. It was concervative and error free but certianly not special -hauling the car above it's potential.

Rosberg had a decent race- not as good as Schumi's. Even if he had a DRS problem- (I saw the wing working on all the shots they showed) I don't believe he could have finsihed above where Schumi did.


Merc as a team continues to disappoint. Major updates? Really? The car is still way off pace- ridden with gills- no significant bodywork or exhaust work and they got no where near MS best time in testing. Seems like they went backward (relative to testing) yet again.

I have mixed feelings about the strategy call as well. Part of me says it was right as they finished where I think the cars deserved. The flip side is they lost an interesting opportunity with MS. We've seen Webber and now Heidfeld start dead last on hards and work their way up the pack. Schumi could have started from 10th on hards- and tired a 3 stop strategy finishing on options. The results may have been different (better or worse) but at least it would have been an interesting and gutsy call.

I can understand taking the concervative route given MS last race but I would have gambled- It's not like MS has a points race to worry about.

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 15:42

I can understand taking the concervative route given MS last race but I would have gambled- It's not like MS has a points race to worry about.


Yeah I hear you. I thought so as well. On the other hand imagine a shit storm that would have happened if MS had another race that was considered unsuccessful, regardless of the circumstances and his real speed.

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 15:52

Merc as a team continues to disappoint. Major updates? Really? The car is still way off pace- ridden with gills- no significant bodywork or exhaust work and they got no where near MS best time in testing. Seems like they went backward (relative to testing) yet again.

The gills should be gone at Monaco after another oil cooler modification. :) And the testing times at Barcelona have always been faster than the GP times.

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 16:07

spain onboard start

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 16:29

The gills should be gone at Monaco after another oil cooler modification. :) And the testing times at Barcelona have always been faster than the GP times.

Barcelona 2010 test: 1:20.472 , qualy 01:19.995 . 2011 test 1:21.2 , qualy 01:20.981. Last year in FP2 Michael did the same time, like his own best time from 2010 tests - 1:20.7. So,this year we really lost 1,3 sec to the tests. :down: RBR and McLaren improved from the tests, Alonso lost 0,3 ; Petrov(LRGP) lost 0,4 sec, we lost 1,3 sec. This year car is bigger dog than last year's car, it is official.
Team like MCLaren should have resolved cooling problems before season start. MGP need more than 2 months? How many oil cooler modifications? Last year was wrong WD, this year is double radiator configuration. Also change in rear suspension didn't help too? I doubt team will get closer to McLaren like in China, this year.

Edited by ivand911, 23 May 2011 - 16:44.


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Posted 23 May 2011 - 17:11

Now I understand. If he finishes down the order, he's shit and has lost it. If he finishes in 6th position, he's shit and has lost it. Great start. Doesn't matter, the car drove itself. Kept his teammate behind him-still shit. I'm guessing if he gets a podium this year, he's still....you get the idea. Funny how if anyone else on the grid would have finished 6th it would have been considered a solid result. Some people here make me laugh. I've called MS an idiot when he's deserved it, too bad others can't call a spade a spade and give him credit for a decent points haul.

Edited by F1 Tor., 23 May 2011 - 17:19.


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Posted 23 May 2011 - 17:14

Barcelona 2010 test: 1:20.472 , qualy 01:19.995 . 2011 test 1:21.2 , qualy 01:20.981. Last year in FP2 Michael did the same time, like his own best time from 2010 tests - 1:20.7. So,this year we really lost 1,3 sec to the tests. :down: RBR and McLaren improved from the tests, Alonso lost 0,3 ; Petrov(LRGP) lost 0,4 sec, we lost 1,3 sec. This year car is bigger dog than last year's car, it is official.
Team like MCLaren should have resolved cooling problems before season start. MGP need more than 2 months? How many oil cooler modifications? Last year was wrong WD, this year is double radiator configuration. Also change in rear suspension didn't help too? I doubt team will get closer to McLaren like in China, this year.



Shumacher said this in an interview- I don't recall where but I think it makes the most sense given the results we see. Basically he said something to the effect that Merc is a small team. That other teams were to become smaller but Mercedes actually did it.

It gave the impression Mercedes is trying to be a top 4 team with closer to mid field resources. If true- this would explain a lot. This year had so much promise and in a way, is even more disappointing than last year. Last year there were high (perhaps unrealistic) expectations with many realities that softened failures impact. This year, expectations were still high- but more realistic in view of last year. This years- they are in a better car (according to all in the team) and in worse shape. That they say they are headed in the right direction appears to mean only that they are not driving against trafffic.

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 17:41

On the change from soft to hard he should certainly have passed by stopping one lap later, contrary to the nonsense here the driver behind has a big advantage there (even worn the softs are something like 2 secs a lap faster).. but he had a goddawful inlap which kept him behind, while Michael nailed the stops well.

:lol:
New hards are faster than used softs, not 2 seconds slower :rotfl:.
To prove to you what I said, I will show you an example of the laptimes MS did on his old softs and then the laptimes he did with new hards.

old softs
Lap 40 - 1:30.965

New hards (first clear lap on new hards)

Lap 43 1:29.572

Yeah, new hards were really 2 seconds slower :rotfl:

To make my point even clearer for you, Hamilton was doing over 1.30 times on old softs, pitted, put on new hards and started doing 1:28.5


As for having a god damn awful inlap, Nico`s inlap was less than 3 tenths slower than Schumachers.


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Posted 23 May 2011 - 18:26

:lol:
New hards are faster than used softs, not 2 seconds slower :rotfl:.
To prove to you what I said, I will show you an example of the laptimes MS did on his old softs and then the laptimes he did with new hards.

old softs
Lap 40 - 1:30.965

New hards (first clear lap on new hards)

Lap 43 1:29.572

Yeah, new hards were really 2 seconds slower :rotfl:

To make my point even clearer for you, Hamilton was doing over 1.30 times on old softs, pitted, put on new hards and started doing 1:28.5


As for having a god damn awful inlap, Nico`s inlap was less than 3 tenths slower than Schumachers.


Nuff said. Race to MSC. Next!


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Posted 23 May 2011 - 18:40

Schumacher had a good race. One of the first times I believe he got out of the car- what it could give. It was concervative and error free but certianly not special -hauling the car above it's potential.

Rosberg had a decent race- not as good as Schumi's. Even if he had a DRS problem- (I saw the wing working on all the shots they showed) I don't believe he could have finsihed above where Schumi did.


I would have said they had an almost identical weekend, Rosberg qualified better but had a poor start, Schumacher qualified worse but had a better start, they then drove the whole race nose to tail. Neither really stood out.


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Posted 23 May 2011 - 19:05

I would have said they had an almost identical weekend, Rosberg qualified better but had a poor start, Schumacher qualified worse but had a better start, they then drove the whole race nose to tail. Neither really stood out.


I can see why you might think that way but the reality is- Shumacher improved 4 spots from his qualifying position and he finished ahead of Rosberg. Rosberg started and finished 7th. Also- with DRS, there IS an advantage available to the follower that isn't always available to the leader. Quite often, Schumacher did not have DRS available while Nico did- and he still beat him. For those reasons, I would say Shumacher performed marginally better- which admittedly hasn't happened often.

I agree neither stood out. I think the cars finished about where they deserved. With Massa retiring, it's tough to say if Merc truelly had Ferrari's measure or if Alonso drove above the cars potential. Heidfeld/ Petrov was also a tough one to gauge. I think tire strategy really played a role in giving heidfeld the edge.... which is why I wish schumi tried the same from tenth. He might have been in a better position to bring a fight to Alonso at the end. Of course the flip side is he could just as easily have been retired fighting amongst the weeds. Either way- the only way the W02 is getting a race win is through luck more than merit. I don't believe Alonso, Hamilton or Vettel could turn this car into a consistent winner.

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 19:16

:lol:
New hards are faster than used softs, not 2 seconds slower :rotfl:.
To prove to you what I said, I will show you an example of the laptimes MS did on his old softs and then the laptimes he did with new hards.
old softs
Lap 40 - 1:30.965
New hards (first clear lap on new hards)
Lap 43 1:29.572
Yeah, new hards were really 2 seconds slower :rotfl:
To make my point even clearer for you, Hamilton was doing over 1.30 times on old softs, pitted, put on new hards and started doing 1:28.5
As for having a god damn awful inlap, Nico`s inlap was less than 3 tenths slower than Schumachers.

I think we need to compare tires with equal fuel level and mileage? Look also Q2 times FI drivers with hards in 1:26 and STR and Saubers with softs in 1:23. Every car/driver use tyres differently , but you are right that dead softs are little slower or equal to the new/little used hards(but not dead ones). Dead softs will be quicker than dead hards(or at the same mileage). Like new softs will be quicker than new hards. Also there is 3 laps less fuel in the car.

Edited by ivand911, 23 May 2011 - 19:35.


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Posted 23 May 2011 - 19:39

Sadly predictable that the trolls are only going to say NR was faster and MS just held him up all day.

Don't recall them saying the same when the roles were reversed in Suzuka last year.

Here's to a Frans less few days :clap:
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Obviously Nico was faster than Michael, but Michael was excellent in defense. And, as usual, excellent at the start, which seems to be his strongest forté these days. I agree with Birelman - is this what Michael Schumacher´s fans have been reduced to - celebrating the outcome of the Spanish GP, 6th, one lap down, narrowly beating Rosberg?

I hope Mercedes will be up two notches come Monaco.

Edited by aditya-now, 23 May 2011 - 19:41.


#10185 black magic

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 19:42

who's celebrating?

most are simply pointing out that he is not finished just yet. that he does show glimpses of seasons past.

see - some of us can support michael without having to slag off nico

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 19:45

Now I understand. If he finishes down the order, he's shit and has lost it. If he finishes in 6th position, he's shit and has lost it. Great start. Doesn't matter, the car drove itself. Kept his teammate behind him-still shit. I'm guessing if he gets a podium this year, he's still....you get the idea.


And if he races his teammate it's sad and he's got to go; if he doesn't and let's him through he's lost his mojo and has to go. Defend -and he's either 'holding cars up' or being to aggressive; no defence - he's lost his skills, it's 'sad to watch', and he needs to retire.



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Posted 23 May 2011 - 19:50

And if he races his teammate it's sad and he's got to go; if he doesn't and let's him through he's lost his mojo and has to go. Defend -and he's either 'holding cars up' or being to aggressive; no defence - he's lost his skills, it's 'sad to watch', and he needs to retire.

see, tha wasn't so hard to admit, was it? :drunk:

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 19:52

And if he races his teammate it's sad and he's got to go; if he doesn't and let's him through he's lost his mojo and has to go. Defend -and he's either 'holding cars up' or being to aggressive; no defence - he's lost his skills, it's 'sad to watch', and he needs to retire.


of course, that goes without saying.  ;)

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 20:34

The last race was a solitary time for MGP, and only race available to them was to race each other. I am however not entirely certain that this could be hanged on Schumacher. After all, I do not see Rosberg anywhere near podium in that race either.

Being a lap down on top four cars is not something I expect to be fixed any time soon. It is going to be not only painful for Michael for rest of the season, but likely his family too, reading all that garbage in media. From different perspective, it might have been tire borned anomaly. Alonso after his excellent start end up a lap down as well; go and figure.

Who knows what we will see in Monaco. MGP has short wheelbase, and car could be quite nimble (assuming it will not slide on tires).

Edited by Sakae, 23 May 2011 - 20:38.


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Posted 23 May 2011 - 22:50

The short WB won't be much of an advantage as people think but one at least, Michael as always awesome starts, if the W02 gets race pace to match RBR and a 1 lap speed that can put them P4-P6 I think MSC could win again his race craft is there still.

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 23:58

The short WB won't be much of an advantage as people think but one at least, Michael as always awesome starts, if the W02 gets race pace to match RBR and a 1 lap speed that can put them P4-P6 I think MSC could win again his race craft is there still.



I agree MS is showing very good racecraft, but unless its a Monaco race like in 96 with every single lead runner hitting problems, then he's got very little chance this weekend. I think it's probably fair to say that if a Merc wins on outright pace this season it's more likely to be NR driving, Spa & Suzuka will be the best MS chances but RB/McLaren will own those.


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Posted 24 May 2011 - 00:00

The short WB won't be much of an advantage as people think but one at least, Michael as always awesome starts, if the W02 gets race pace to match RBR and a 1 lap speed that can put them P4-P6 I think MSC could win again his race craft is there still.

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Posted 24 May 2011 - 06:25

I would have said they had an almost identical weekend, Rosberg qualified better but had a poor start, Schumacher qualified worse but had a better start, they then drove the whole race nose to tail. Neither really stood out.


It was a bit hard for Nico to stand out considering he was stuck behind Michael the whole race.

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Posted 24 May 2011 - 07:01

It was a bit hard for Nico to stand out considering he was stuck behind Michael the whole race.

And how he get there? That is the problem, I suggest him to think about that, not to make excuses? He didn't have better pace as it was shown on his inlaps, where he didn't make any fast lap , which show Michael wasn't holding him. All stuck idea is demolished by his inlaps. We see no speed there.


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Posted 24 May 2011 - 07:09

Sorry, its up to drivers to make their performances work. if he was actually better he would have finished ahead. barring actual performance damaging problems (which he did NOT have, DRS does not improve your laptimes when not trying to pass) I have made no excuses for Michael and I will take none for Nico

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Posted 24 May 2011 - 07:14

Nico always catched Michael after his pitstops. What wonders me, is why he didn't pit before Michael once to try to pass him so? Or did he? Does Merc have "the driver in lead can choose the pit order" policy or what.

Michael was not specially fast, I wonder if he ever will, any more, but he maximized his opportunities with experience. Monaco will be his best bet. That will be interesting.

Edited by Man of the race, 24 May 2011 - 07:19.


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Posted 24 May 2011 - 07:23

And how he get there? That is the problem, I suggest him to think about that, not to make excuses? He didn't have better pace as it was shown on his inlaps, where he didn't make any fast lap , which show Michael wasn't holding him. All stuck idea is demolished by his inlaps. We see no speed there.


In laps are not a good test of speed, because some drivers are better at them than others because of concentration. Jean alesi was always terrible on inlaps according to Pat symonds because he lost focus. Rosberg showed his superior speed from lap 30-36 when he caught Michael at a rate of 7 tenths. A few slow inlaps do not change that. With that kind of pace he could have challenged Alonso.

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Posted 24 May 2011 - 07:46

In laps are not a good test of speed, because some drivers are better at them than others because of concentration. Jean alesi was always terrible on inlaps according to Pat symonds because he lost focus. Rosberg showed his superior speed from lap 30-36 when he caught Michael at a rate of 7 tenths. A few slow inlaps do not change that. With that kind of pace he could have challenged Alonso.

It was up to him to do it? I doubt ,but don't mind me. Last year Suzuka race, Michael could catch Lewis who have real problems, but didn't because of slower Nico. When Nico crashed Michael pace improve by 1,5 sec(from 1:36.6 to 1:35.1). So, I don't care what Nico could have done.


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Posted 24 May 2011 - 08:48

In laps are not a good test of speed, because some drivers are better at them than others because of concentration.

the same can be said about qualy performance :wave:

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Posted 24 May 2011 - 08:50

Nico always catched Michael after his pitstops. What wonders me, is why he didn't pit before Michael once to try to pass him so? Or did he? Does Merc have "the driver in lead can choose the pit order" policy or what.

Michael was not specially fast, I wonder if he ever will, any more, but he maximized his opportunities with experience. Monaco will be his best bet. That will be interesting.

did you notice that nico's tyres were looking bad at the end of the stints?

michael pitted first but always in a stint rosberg's tyres were fresher by a lap.