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#15151 holiday

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Posted 01 November 2011 - 13:14

You're probably just trolling but for anyone else who may be interested, a bit of cultural perspective: it is not customary in India to remove headgear to show respect,


However, it is in Germany (wearing sunglasses on these occasions is also somewhat frowned upon), but the story is blown totally out of proportion. MS just seems to have forgotten, that's all to it. No need to become anal over it.

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#15152 arknor

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Posted 01 November 2011 - 13:16

You're probably just trolling but for anyone else who may be interested, a bit of cultural perspective: it is not customary in India to remove headgear to show respect, an example.

That aside very few in India would have heard about Dan Wheldon and Simonelli or would have had any idea what was happening with the minute of silence.

its customary to have a minute of silence....

which to most people means you stop what your doing and stand still without talking for a minute..

taking your hat off to someone is an entirely different sign of respect go and read about the phrase "i take mty hat off to you"

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Posted 01 November 2011 - 13:47

To be fair, Schumi is quite a few orders of magnitude richer than the other drivers on the grid. Wasn't he the highest paid athlete in the world for a while?


I think that may be correct. But I don't see too many others dipping into their own pockets. Bernie should be at the front of the line.

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Posted 01 November 2011 - 14:19

To be fair, Schumi is quite a few orders of magnitude richer than the other drivers on the grid. Wasn't he the highest paid athlete in the world for a while?


Still, the amounts he's donated are staggering. For a while, his donation after the Indian Ocean tsunami was pretty much the only thing I knew about Formula 1; I remember comparing what that racing guy gave to the donations of entire nations. My racing-ignorant family and friends all thought he was a total class act.

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Posted 01 November 2011 - 14:40

its customary to have a minute of silence....

which to most people means you stop what your doing and stand still without talking for a minute..


My point was very few would have any idea there was a minute of silence being held.

And hard as it may be for you to comprehend, the world doesn't revolve around european and american motorsport. Such forced scripted unspontaneous public gestures are meaningless anyway, and really, of all the injustice in the world, this is the thing you chose to be offended about? My we do have our priorities straight don't we.

taking your hat off to someone is an entirely different sign of respect go and read about the phrase "i take mty hat off to you"


:rolleyes: Yes, a sign or respect for people generally reserved for who aren't rude, condescending, and arrogant as you are :wave:
I went and read about another gesture instead, one involving a finger, rather centrally located, it was rather instructive..


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Posted 01 November 2011 - 14:41

And hard as it may be for you to comprehend, the world doesn't revolve around european and american motorsport. Such forced scripted unspontaneous public gestures are meaningless anyway, and really, of all the injustice in the world, this is the thing you chose to be offended about? My we do have our priorities straight don't we.

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Posted 01 November 2011 - 14:46

I went and read about another gesture instead, one involving a finger, rather centrally located, it was rather instructive..

aye that bloody vettel and the finger :smoking:

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Posted 01 November 2011 - 14:47

taking your hat off to someone is an entirely different sign of respect go and read about the phrase "i take mty hat off to you"

No, it's not. That phrase is congratulatory to show admiration or respect. Hats are typically removed when people enter a Christian church, attend funerals or simply pray. Many churches will have a sign on the door advising people to remove headgear even as paid visitors. If memory serves, you'll find this on the door of St Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, although interestingly there is a German fellow who doesn't comply... ;)

I don't agree with mastah that it is specifically a sign of disrespect to forget though, as the other examples show, just unfortunate that there appears to be only one driver in that particular picture who did so.

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Posted 01 November 2011 - 14:52

Still, the amounts he's donated are staggering. For a while, his donation after the Indian Ocean tsunami was pretty much the only thing I knew about Formula 1; I remember comparing what that racing guy gave to the donations of entire nations. My racing-ignorant family and friends all thought he was a total class act.

Some people love pointing out MS' perceived bad points, yet flatly refuse to acknowledge facts such as this. They equally choose to ignore the numerous reports by people who actually know him regarding what a nice chap he is. I don't doubt that he's got his character flaws, but I do doubt they're any more plentiful than most people's.

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#15160 arknor

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Posted 01 November 2011 - 14:57

No, it's not. That phrase is congratulatory to show admiration or respect. Hats are typically removed when people enter a Christian church, attend funerals or simply pray. Many churches will have a sign on the door advising people to remove headgear even as paid visitors. If memory serves, you'll find this on the door of St Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, although interestingly there is a German fellow who doesn't comply...;)

I don't agree with mastah that it is specifically a sign of disrespect to forget though, as the other examples show, just unfortunate that there appears to be only one driver in that particular picture who did so.

seems riciculous to me either way.

then again some people would claim this is a lack of respect
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although the relatives of the deceased probably dont

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Posted 01 November 2011 - 15:12

1st lap position gains (after India):

1. MS /42/
2. Buemi /31/
3. Kovalainen /28/
4. Kobayashi /23/
5. Trulli,Heidfeld,Glock /21/

:rotfl:

That only means MS is a poor qualifyer.

Assuming Vettel overtook 0 cars starting from pole, that means Seb is a bad driver :lol:

It's very easy to climb the field with the most powerful engine + KERS + DRS. :wave:

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Posted 01 November 2011 - 15:20

:rotfl:

That only means MS is a poor qualifyer.

Assuming Vettel overtook 0 cars starting from pole, that means Seb is a bad driver :lol:

It's very easy to climb the field with the most powerful engine + KERS + DRS. :wave:


DRS on the first lap? :wave:

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Posted 01 November 2011 - 15:22

:rotfl:

That only means MS is a poor qualifyer.

Assuming Vettel overtook 0 cars starting from pole, that means Seb is a bad driver :lol:

It's very easy to climb the field with the most powerful engine + KERS + DRS. :wave:


Yeah, especially with drs...as it is allowed immediately after the start... :lol:

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Posted 01 November 2011 - 15:29

seems riciculous to me either way.

To me also, but I acknowledge that to some with more Catholic views it looks quite poor. It might be more reasonable to say that they should not be imposing their own values on Schumacher.

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Posted 01 November 2011 - 15:30

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We can exchange here photos to prove our point as long as we like, they will remain not more than selective examples. At Senna's funeral, for example, Prost, the Fittipaldis and Berger did not wear hats, despite the subtropical sun, meaning they probably subscribed to the view that keeping your hat on would be disrespectful.

But in this case, with everything so provisional looking and the driver assembling rather hurriedly from their obligations from all sides (MS apparently doing an interview seconds before), I don't see, again, the issue here. As a substitute, Schumacher dislikers are hereby sentenced to no less than three replays of Jerez to get to their expected levels of moral outrage and high blood pressure. Watch them, now!


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Posted 01 November 2011 - 15:34

I said "climb the field", which means not only the first lap. :wave:

Understand :confused: :drunk:

Edited by AirWebber, 01 November 2011 - 15:34.


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Posted 01 November 2011 - 15:37

I said "climb the field", which means not only the first lap. :wave:

Understand :confused: :drunk:


This was in the post you answered to:

1st lap position gains (after India)


Understand :confused: :drunk:



Edited by LiJu914, 01 November 2011 - 15:38.


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Posted 01 November 2011 - 15:39

I said "climb the field", which means not only the first lap. :wave:

Understand :confused: :drunk:


But you're complaining about a statistic that is specifically about the 1st lap.

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Posted 01 November 2011 - 15:40

To me also, but I acknowledge that to some with more Catholic views it looks quite poor. It might be more reasonable to say that they should not be imposing their own values on Schumacher.

Exactly. Here we are a community of people from all over the world, with different religions or atheists, different national culture, different values. Therefore in my humble opinion dragging the threads in such direction as well as filling them with what is unproductive slack should be avoided by the posters.

My 2 cents.

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Posted 01 November 2011 - 15:49

To me also, but I acknowledge that to some with more Catholic views it looks quite poor. It might be more reasonable to say that they should not be imposing their own values on Schumacher.


MS himself is Catholic if I am not mistaken.


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Posted 01 November 2011 - 16:43

My point was very few would have any idea there was a minute of silence being held.

And hard as it may be for you to comprehend, the world doesn't revolve around european and american motorsport. Such forced scripted unspontaneous public gestures are meaningless anyway, and really, of all the injustice in the world, this is the thing you chose to be offended about? My we do have our priorities straight don't we.


:up:

It's not a religious or cultural thing, though, just a matter of personal preference and value systems. There were probably a 100000 Indians (as in non-christian or whatever) and a thousand Europeans, but some took their hats off and the vast majority didn't. Don't know why this is such a big deal.

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Posted 01 November 2011 - 18:01

Hats are typically removed when people enter a Christian church, attend funerals or simply pray.


More religions in the world require your head is covered (or optional) at services than Christians.

Schumacher is not a Christian nor Holiday is he Catholic - you are mistaken.

..just unfortunate that there appears to be only one driver in that particular picture who did so.


And the guys with headphones..?? MS bowed his head and had his hands behind his back as most do in that situation. And by the way, why are Vettle, Button and Alonso unshaved? They knew they were attending a memorial service the disrespectful bastards....

Ironically, the 30 or so photographers on the other side of that camera including the guy that snapped that shot all had their caps on...

What a waste of time non issue. Time to 'ignore' the idiot that started it.




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Posted 01 November 2011 - 18:04

From Wiki ...

He donated $10 million for aid after the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. His donation surpassed that of any other sports person, most sports leagues, many worldwide corporations and even some countries. Schumacher's bodyguard Burkhard Cramer was killed in the tsunami along with his two sons.

Schumacher is a special ambassador to UNESCO and has donated 1.5 million Euros to the organization. Additionally, he paid for the construction of a school for poor children and for area improvements in Dakar, Senegal. He supports a hospital for child victims of war in Sarajevo, which specialises in caring for amputees. In Lima, Peru he funded the "Palace for the Poor", a centre for helping homeless street children obtain an education, clothing, food, medical attention, and shelter. He stated his interest in these various efforts was piqued both by his love for children and the fact that these causes had received little attention. While an exact figure for the amount of money he has donated throughout his life is unknown, it is known that in his last four years as a driver, he donated at least $50 million. In 2008 it was revealed that he had donated between $5M and $10M to the William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park of Bill Clinton.

Since his participation in an FIA European road safety campaign, as part of his punishment after the collision at the 1997 European Grand Prix, Schumacher has continued to support other campaigns, such as Make Roads Safe, which is led by the FIA Foundation and calls on G8 countries and the UN to recognise global road deaths as a major global health issue. In 2008, Schumacher was the figurehead of an advertising campaign by Bacardi to raise awareness about responsible drinking, with a focus on communicating an international message 'drinking and driving don't mix'. He featured in an advertising campaign for television, cinema and online media, supported by consumer engagements, public relations and digital media across the world.

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Posted 01 November 2011 - 18:16

To me also, but I acknowledge that to some with more Catholic views it looks quite poor. It might be more reasonable to say that they should not be imposing their own values on Schumacher.


I'll extend that to anybody - keep your religious crap to yourselves thanks.

It's very easy to climb the field with the most powerful engine + KERS + DRS.


It's a very silly post that would include DRS when talking about the first lap, it's evident you are posting without the required knowledge to post on the subject.

As for KERS, he started from the start line through to turn 3 without using his KERS while others did so he could reserve it for the back straight - again your post is lacking in knowledge. It was a plan that required pure talent to put him in a good position for the back straight - evidently it worked.

As for powerful engines, well you might be right there but aero is a huge part of top speed so did you actually bother to check trap speeds before you posted your generally ill-informed post? I don't believe you did so I suggest you do so before replying....

Edited by cheapracer, 01 November 2011 - 18:19.


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Posted 01 November 2011 - 19:19

:rotfl:

That only means MS is a poor qualifyer.

Actually it means that AND that he is very good at quickly making up for that. Try to think.

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Posted 01 November 2011 - 20:30

To get away from a senseless invented drama:

Schumi was always on the track a genius with moments of madness. However one of the greatest reactions I have seen in recent F1 was the way in which he went into the garage in that dark day in Suzuka 2006 when a blown engine meant his dream of another title were shredded with no fault of his own. You really could feel behind the TV screen that mental strenght, that head held high, his complete leadership when he stepped in and raised the spirits, congratulating his mechanics with a friendly smile on his face.

In Brazil he then went to give it all and after suffering that flat tyre he just went in, out and went off once again to give it all he it. All that had something strangely heroic and touching, a challenge against all the odds and loyality to himself and the team to the last inch of the track of the last lap.

Edited by H2H, 01 November 2011 - 20:31.


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Posted 01 November 2011 - 20:41

To get away from a senseless invented drama:

Schumi was always on the track a genius with moments of madness. However one of the greatest reactions I have seen in recent F1 was the way in which he went into the garage in that dark day in Suzuka 2006 when a blown engine meant his dream of another title were shredded with no fault of his own. You really could feel behind the TV screen that mental strenght, that head held high, his complete leadership when he stepped in and raised the spirits, congratulating his mechanics with a friendly smile on his face.

In Brazil he then went to give it all and after suffering that flat tyre he just went in, out and went off once again to give it all he it. All that had something strangely heroic and touching, a challenge against all the odds and loyality to himself and the team to the last inch of the track of the last lap.


Thats why he's my favourite driver. When its about the business of being a Grand Prix driver the guy is like the Terminator. He just never, ever stops.

A story I read by a sports journalist (Des Kelly) after the Brazilian GP summed it up for me. Mr Kelly was using the toilet facilities and one of Ross or Michael was already in there. The other party walked in, and while at the urinal Ross said to Michael 'Debrief in 5 minutes Michael' to which Michael replied 'Ok'.

A small moment. But both men at that point had retired. It was a hugely emotional day and the end of the season. They could both have just said well thats it, we're off. Instead even after the last lap of either of their careers (as far as they knew at that time) both remained completely professional to do the job, analyse the race, and find out how to be better next time.

The point is the level of success Michael and Ross have enjoyed doesn't happen by luck, it happens by naturally being the sort of person that displays that level of drive, commitment and professionalism not just to the end, but after it. Its just innate to them, and impresses the heck out of me.

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Posted 01 November 2011 - 21:07

:up:

It's not a religious or cultural thing, though, just a matter of personal preference and value systems. There were probably a 100000 Indians (as in non-christian or whatever) and a thousand Europeans, but some took their hats off and the vast majority didn't. Don't know why this is such a big deal.

I beg to differ, BRK. As Buttoneer correctly pointed out, this is Christian/European tradition to pay respect. I do however agree with you (being in attendance myself in the past to a such event), that in cumulative noise at such gatherings sometimes timing is off, and people miss the moment.

I have seen Schumacher taking his cap off several times in the past to pay respect, which is why I believe what ivan said, that after RTL interview that took prior the minute silence, he was probably rushed to make a picture, was one of the last to arrive, and before he realized what is going on there was a photo shot done. This is very plausible explanation.

I was trying to search internet about this subject, but this is the only place I came accross, which is making a deal out of it. So, at the conclusion I do not know what happened exactly, but watching a man for years, my bet is on misunderstanding, and not worth further discussion.

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Posted 02 November 2011 - 01:12

However one of the greatest reactions I have seen in recent F1 was the way in which he went into the garage in that dark day in Suzuka 2006 when a blown engine meant his dream of another title were shredded with no fault of his own.


Remember it vividly too. Class act and rare larger than life moment in f1. :up:


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#15180 BRK

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Posted 02 November 2011 - 03:31

I beg to differ, BRK. As Buttoneer correctly pointed out, this is Christian/European tradition to pay respect. I do however agree with you (being in attendance myself in the past to a such event), that in cumulative noise at such gatherings sometimes timing is off, and people miss the moment.

I have seen Schumacher taking his cap off several times in the past to pay respect, which is why I believe what ivan said, that after RTL interview that took prior the minute silence, he was probably rushed to make a picture, was one of the last to arrive, and before he realized what is going on there was a photo shot done. This is very plausible explanation.

I was trying to search internet about this subject, but this is the only place I came accross, which is making a deal out of it. So, at the conclusion I do not know what happened exactly, but watching a man for years, my bet is on misunderstanding, and not worth further discussion.


What I meant is that the same happens everywhere in the world, including say India, Arabia, SE Asia, etc. I've seen people standing up with bowed heads and caps off to mark a minute's silence at many of these countries for different reasons (such as after a terrorist attack, natural disaster, etc) Regardless of religious beliefs or cultural background people do remove their caps sometimes as a mark of respect, it's not limited to Europe. So viewed from that perspective I would say that on Sunday a lot of people simply chose not to take their hats off, not at all out of ignorance or cultural background but because of personal preference. (and I was one of them) So long as you're sincere with your mourning (I can tell you that there was pin-drop silence at the circuit and not a single soul stirred) I don't think it matters whether you take your hat or sunglasses off.

Agreed with the rest! The pics clearly prove Michael was in a hurry.

To get away from a senseless invented drama:

Schumi was always on the track a genius with moments of madness. However one of the greatest reactions I have seen in recent F1 was the way in which he went into the garage in that dark day in Suzuka 2006 when a blown engine meant his dream of another title were shredded with no fault of his own. You really could feel behind the TV screen that mental strenght, that head held high, his complete leadership when he stepped in and raised the spirits, congratulating his mechanics with a friendly smile on his face.

In Brazil he then went to give it all and after suffering that flat tyre he just went in, out and went off once again to give it all he it. All that had something strangely heroic and touching, a challenge against all the odds and loyality to himself and the team to the last inch of the track of the last lap.


:up:



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Posted 02 November 2011 - 07:33

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Look at that a-hole Schumacher vandalizing the poor hat! He has no respect at all to the company that produced it. What a classless **** :down:

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Posted 02 November 2011 - 07:45

To get away from a senseless invented drama:


Yep, time to put a lid on it.

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#15183 ali.unal

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Posted 02 November 2011 - 09:01

However one of the greatest reactions I have seen in recent F1 was the way in which he went into the garage in that dark day in Suzuka 2006 when a blown engine meant his dream of another title were shredded with no fault of his own. You really could feel behind the TV screen that mental strenght, that head held high, his complete leadership when he stepped in and raised the spirits, congratulating his mechanics with a friendly smile on his face.



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Posted 02 November 2011 - 10:45

Hes the man, watching that again reminds me how gutted at the time i was, but Schumi manages to keep his head up, and thank the team :up:

Edited by Hacklerf, 02 November 2011 - 10:45.


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Posted 02 November 2011 - 11:29

A person on f1technical posted this:

He clearly stated that pitting earlier is a definite advantage in the later part of the race and he could only gain on Rosberg because he had been able to nurse his tyres and keep a competitive pace for longer than his teammate.He clearly said ,Rosberg had no choice but had to come in as his tyres were gone by then.He specially mentioned his experienced race engineers for hitting the sweet spot perfectly in setup AND on RTL he JUST stopped short of accusing the team of sabotage to his Qualy efforts.He clearly stated that his setup choices could explain a small gap in Qualy but he expressed his surprise of things happening just on his car again anad again like wheels out of balance in the last two qualies with 40g of imbalance...Again something unheard of in Schumachers career but this is the second time he is putting forward accusations towards the team not doing a proper job or even actively destroying his Qualy efforts..


Is this true? Has someone from here watched that interview on RTL? What did Schumi say during the whole interview?

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Posted 02 November 2011 - 11:40

Got a link?

Edit: found it @ http://www.f1technic...=286698#p286698 . Let's see.

If someone can scoop up that interview, audio/video, that'd be helpful.

Edited by Jejking, 02 November 2011 - 11:44.


#15187 Math89

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Posted 02 November 2011 - 11:43

I'm pretty sure that if he said those words our experts would have picked that one instead of the 'Michael not taking his hat of' story. If it was true it would have been on most websites... Media made a very big deal out of the 'the big joy is not there right now' line after Turkey so I doubt they would just skip this one...



#15188 Jejking

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Posted 02 November 2011 - 11:45

What is, can still be :p We might be at the virge of an exploding media frenzy.

#15189 BRK

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Posted 02 November 2011 - 11:59

Interesting, though I'm not really surprised considering I and a few others have been pointing this out from the outset. Really sucks when you have issues in qualifying race after race, malfunctioning KERS, DRS, loose wheel nuts. The bit about unhealthy balance is pretty interesting, too.

#15190 spacekid

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Posted 02 November 2011 - 13:09

The Mercedes team have certainly been sloppy with both cars. Nico has also suffered a wheel falling off, if I remember.

However, in all the time I have watched Schumi he has never, ever used the press as a means of expressing a problem with the team. I'd be very surprised if he were to start now. If there is a problem I'm sure it will all be discussed behind closed doors.

#15191 Jomyboy

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Posted 02 November 2011 - 13:59

Who is the greatest driver in Formula1? Here's Murray's Interview

http://www.youtube.c...player_embedded


WOW!!!!

#15192 weston

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Posted 02 November 2011 - 14:17

"Russian Formula 1 star Vitaly Petrov has signed up to compete at the 2011 Race Of Champions in Düsseldorf. Vitaly will become the first driver from Eastern Europe to compete at the event... He joins a star-studded field that includes three F1 world champions for ROC 2011 at Düsseldorf’s ESPRIT arena on December 3-4. Competing alongside Vitaly... will be Michael Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel and Jenson Button amongst others..."

That will be an action-packed event.  ;)

#15193 Group B

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Posted 02 November 2011 - 14:30

Who is the greatest driver in Formula1? Here's Murray's Interview

http://www.youtube.c...player_embedded


WOW!!!!

:clap:

#15194 ivand911

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Posted 02 November 2011 - 14:33

I watched RTL interview on Saturday and MS only said that he don't understand where the difference come from and they need to investigate it. There wasn't any accusations. I guess he expected to be closer to Nico. Speedwise. marcush from f1technical is expressing his opinion here(he JUST stopped short of). This is how he feel it.
On Sunday after the race MS said that his car was perfectly balanced for the race.

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#15195 BRK

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Posted 02 November 2011 - 14:48

Who is the greatest driver in Formula1? Here's Murray's Interview

http://www.youtube.c...player_embedded


WOW!!!!


Absolutely fantastic. :up: The man has followed motorsport for over 60 years, he's seen them all drive, without exception. I'll take this legend's word over anybody else's. Even on a forum such as this where there's no shortage of Schumacher-haters Michael came out on top as the best driver of all time.

I'd say in his opinion Schumacher>Fangio>Senna. Absolute honour. :cool:

#15196 sharo

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Posted 02 November 2011 - 15:07

Although I am a devoted MS fan since the start, I really do not like any driver to be declared "The greatest of all times". Times change and every prominent name, every champion has been great in his own time and his own way.


#15197 Tardis40

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Posted 02 November 2011 - 15:17

What is, can still be :p We might be at the virge of an exploding media frenzy.


Can you imagine what would happen if a picture surfaced of Michael scratching his balls?


#15198 PoliFanAthic

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Posted 02 November 2011 - 17:51

Just looking at some other onboard starts on youtube, you can see that at Spa Schumacher did the exact same thing as here, using his KERS only on the straight after Eau Rouge. Then again, I guess the choice comes more naturally there, with the short distance to the first corner and the very slow speed that corner is taken at.

#15199 Sakae

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Posted 02 November 2011 - 18:33

"Russian Formula 1 star Vitaly Petrov has signed up to compete at the 2011 Race Of Champions in Düsseldorf. Vitaly will become the first driver from Eastern Europe to compete at the event... He joins a star-studded field that includes three F1 world champions for ROC 2011 at Düsseldorf’s ESPRIT arena on December 3-4. Competing alongside Vitaly... will be Michael Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel and Jenson Button amongst others..."

That will be an action-packed event.;)

What, no Massa and Hamilton party? That will be boring, but then, maybe Russian will want to prove himself, and to that aim will take Schumacher out in the front of his home crowd.

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#15200 scarletf12002

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Posted 02 November 2011 - 18:42

Wow indeed! A nice moment when he the old boys & gestured to himself as well!

"Russian Formula 1 star Vitaly Petrov has signed up to compete at the 2011 Race Of Champions in Düsseldorf. Vitaly will become the first driver from Eastern Europe to compete at the event... He joins a star-studded field that includes three F1 world champions for ROC 2011 at Düsseldorf’s ESPRIT arena on December 3-4. Competing alongside Vitaly... will be Michael Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel and Jenson Button amongst others..."

That will be an action-packed event. ;)