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#17751 Sakae

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 09:20

Congrats, Michael. Now, the race.



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#17752 Lelouch

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 09:21

Best bit of the weekend for me. :up:

:up: :up: :up: :up:

#17753 muramasa

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 09:22


Great!

Hope to see him in top 3 press conference tomorrow as well!

Hope for good start, and plz no mechanical trouble!


#17754 Massa_f1

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 09:23

Best bit of the weekend for me. :up:



Same here. Standing with the top 3 for press. :up: I was very very happy to see it. :)

#17755 olliek88

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 09:25

Super job MSC, i don't like the guy yet i still feel happy for him & he hasn't had the best comeback, until now! He seems to have the edge of Nico now and a decent motor too, i'm thinking he'll get at least pole and a podium this year, top job.

#17756 Sof1

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 09:25

Same here. Standing with the top 3 for press. :up: I was very very happy to see it. :)


:up:

#17757 tractionman

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 09:25

.... and your computer hopefully.

Enjoy it while you can.... I know all his fanboys have suffered over the course of the last couple of years. He certainly is making those who were never fans admire him for doing this at his age- me included.

#17758 SeanValen

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 09:25

I think alot of f1 fans around the world were thinking about time he's back in he top 3 for something, start off with qualifying. :up:

#17759 DS27

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 09:27

Over the last few years people have said that the competition in the era that MS dominated wasn't as great as it is today - that it didn't have the Alonso's, Hamiltons, Vettel's, etc.

Performances like today reinforce my opinion that, seeing as given the right car a 43 year old Schumacher can compete with the best today, then in his prime he would have wiped the floor with the lot of them.

Great to see - regardless of what happens tomorrow.

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#17760 Spa95

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 09:28

Michael says his set-up is geared towards the race, not qualifying.

#17761 zyphro

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 09:29

Over the last few years people have said that the competition in the era that MS dominated wasn't as great as it is today - that it didn't have the Alonso's, Hamiltons, Vettel's, etc.

Performances like today reinforce my opinion that, seeing as given the right car a 43 year old Schumacher can compete with the best today, then in his prime he would have wiped the floor with the lot of them.

Great to see - regardless of what happens tomorrow.

:up: :up:

I fear what it would've been like had he had this competition in his prime; would've destroyed 'em all!

#17762 The Kanisteri

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 09:32

:up:
3rd! Well done, you old hag! :D

#17763 H2H

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 09:32



Good to see Schumi back up there, at least after a Saturday. :up:

#17764 walkindude

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 09:35

The Kaiser has still got it!!!I didnt watch the lap,was at the dentist but Schumi is DA MAN!!!He really would've spanked everyone out there in his prime.He is still among the best at this age.Amazing.Absolutely amazing.

#17765 S3baman

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 09:36

Over the last few years people have said that the competition in the era that MS dominated wasn't as great as it is today - that it didn't have the Alonso's, Hamiltons, Vettel's, etc.

Performances like today reinforce my opinion that, seeing as given the right car a 43 year old Schumacher can compete with the best today, then in his prime he would have wiped the floor with the lot of them.

Great to see - regardless of what happens tomorrow.


+1.

I know that cars from the early and mid 90's are not comparable to today's cars, but I can't imagine anyone doing the performance Schumi did at Barcelona in 94 or his 98 Spa (before the Coulthard incident). All of Schumi's fans know that his best years were before the dominant era, so for him to do the type of performance he did today at 43 with the 2nd best car is a strong sign. Seeing how smooth he is in his steering input can only mean one thing: he's back into the grove and this year he should achieve some great results.

Edit: Forgot to mention Sepang 99. Coming back from a broken leg injury and whipping the field by over a second in qualy, then allowed Irvine to pass him twice in the race for the win.

Edited by S3baman, 24 March 2012 - 09:39.


#17766 Tardis40

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 09:36

Yeah, that Schumacher really sucks, doesn't he? Too old, too slow, doesn't have it anymore.

If that's true, can you imagine what he would have done to Hamilton in his prime?

(where's Frans?)


#17767 kar

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 09:37

SCHUUUUUUUMIII!!!!!!

#17768 Claudius

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 09:37


Congrats to Michael! :up:
I have a feeling he'll have a win in a near future.


#17769 zyphro

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 09:37

Yeah, that Schumacher really sucks, doesn't he? Too old, too slow, doesn't have it anymore.

If that's true, can you imagine what he would have done to Hamilton in his prime?

(where's Frans?)

:up:

#17770 zack1994

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 09:38

Well done Michael great lap :up:

#17771 FlashMaster

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 09:38

MS is back, hopefully his Merc won't eat the tyres that bad as expected :up:

#17772 monaco

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 09:42

Best of luck and racing craft for the race!

Welcome back, Michael Schumacher!

#17773 cheapracer

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 09:43

Enjoy it while you can....


I've enjoyed it for 21 years actually.


#17774 Octavian

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 09:44

Excellent result! It's great seeing Schumacher drive like this again :D

#17775 S3baman

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 09:46

Schumi hinted in the presser that he went for a race setup. I believe they could have taken pole here, but the rears would have been fried halfway through the stints had they chosen that setup. He looked very determined and concentrated, hopefully they will be at the same lvl as the McLarens in terms of race pace.

#17776 sharo

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 09:48

I'm so excites that I am becoming superstitious and do not want to write much to not spoil the luck :)

#17777 cheapracer

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 09:49

Great to see - regardless of what happens tomorrow.


Well a top 6 result would be a good start towards ascending further heights, certainly a top eight if they understand what they need to do. I can't imagine McLaren and Red Bull not in the top 4.




#17778 Beyond

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 09:55

it's so good to see him again at the top, but i don't think there's any chance for him to be on the podium tomorrow.

#17779 Paa

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 09:56

it's so good to see him again at the top, but i don't think there's any chance for him to be on the podium tomorrow.


maybe if it rains

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#17780 zyphro

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 09:59

Schumi hinted in the presser that he went for a race setup. I believe they could have taken pole here, but the rears would have been fried halfway through the stints had they chosen that setup. He looked very determined and concentrated, hopefully they will be at the same lvl as the McLarens in terms of race pace.

:up:

#17781 Leyser

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 10:00

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I've enjoyed it for 21 years actually.


Indeed. Though I've been enjoying it only since 1996. :p

#17782 Group B

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 10:01

Leyser, long time no see :clap:

#17783 pizzalover

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 10:03

As a dedicated Schumacher hater I've had nothing good to say about the man for twenty years. But, to make a comeback to a very competitive F1 grid, qualify third today as a 42 year old man is an outstanding sporting achievement.
I'm going to have some very mixed feelings if he makes the podium, let alone wins a race.

What with Kimi doing so well, this is shaping up to be a classic season.

#17784 ayali

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 10:03

Great job by Schumi. He's back
loved seeing him with his race suit half peeled off next to those 2 mac corporate drones in their fake PR race suits

:cool:

#17785 zyphro

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 10:05

Great job by Schumi. He's back
loved seeing him with his race suit half peeled off next to those 2 mac corporate drones in their fake PR race suits

:cool:

:) :up: :up:

#17786 Massa

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 10:08

Great job by Schumi. He's back
loved seeing him with his race suit half peeled off next to those 2 mac corporate drones in their fake PR race suits

:cool:


:up: :rotfl:

#17787 salamin

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 10:12

remember, last year haters were saying MS should be replaced by di Resta :lol:

#17788 zyphro

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 10:14

remember, last year haters were saying MS should be replaced by di Resta :lol:

:rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

They're all hiding in a bunker. :wave:

#17789 Rol

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 10:16

Great job Michael! So happy for you! :)

It was special to see him in the post qualifying interview. More than five years since we had the last one, it must have felt a bit like the first one there! ;)
The lap Michael did seemed superb, certainly not much left in it - so we should not be frustrated. On the contrary the minimal gap to McLarens should give hope that Mercedes will be all year close to the top in qualifying. (In the race though I expect McLaren and RedBull to be stronger yet.)

Interestingly, I had a feeling in the post conference that Michael was a bit tense. It might have been just the emotions of being there finally, but maybe he was frustrated of just not getting in to the front row. This I can understand, as it could have given him a good chance of leading the race and dictate the pace.

Good news is that the new regulations (which seem to favour driver skill and adaptibility more) work for Michael. So far he seems to have the clear upper hand over Rosberg, which possibly takes some useless pressure of him. I am sure being close to the top gives additional motivation, and the vast experience of racing for wins is becoming a factor. :)
It would be logical in this situation that Michael gets at least as much attention from Mercedes as Nico, but hopefully even more as he is the one who seems to be in real fight for the podium.

Getting very hopeful now :D, as Mercedes seems to have made the expected step forward. Our chances are improving that Michael will sign a 2 year contract extension! Please do it!
This is doing very goog to F1 I think. Just as an example: 15 years ago I took my younger sisters (then 11 and 13 years) to a race to see Michael and get a feeling of the atmosphere. This year I will take my own children to a race to see Michael and get a feeling of the atmosphere. This is how historic and epic Michael is. :up:





#17790 S3baman

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 10:17

remember, last year haters were saying MS should be replaced by di Resta :lol:


People need to jump off the di Resta bandwagon. The Hulk is a much better driver and while Paul got the better of him today, over the week-end Nico looked more comfortable and faster.

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 10:18

i woke up just now and i saw the news WOWOWOWOWOW
:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
:kiss:

#17792 Leyser

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 10:18

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Leyser, long time no see :clap:


Hey there! :up:
I again have a reason to be awake at 4am on weekends, and it sure as hell ain't Ferrari and bloody Massa.
Michael is back doing top 3 pressers, we are enjoying it... is Frans still here to tell us that Ross Brawn is holding Keke hostage in a shed near the North Pole in order to make Nico drive poorly in his sabotaged car?

#17793 Octavian

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 10:19

People need to jump off the di Resta bandwagon. The Hulk is a much better driver and while Paul got the better of him today, over the week-end Nico looked more comfortable and faster.


I like Hulk's Dekra cap - reminds me of when the young Schumi would where a Dekra cap :D

#17794 S3baman

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 10:22

Leyser, I never heard that quote from Patrick. Coming from him, those words mean a lot especially since Williams had some fantastic world champions.

#17795 Lelouch

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 10:22

This thread is becoming so epic and fun to read now that Schumi fans have a reason to smile again :-)

#17796 DutchCruijff

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 10:38

My dream of Schumacher in the top 3 Quali press conference has been fulfilled. :love:

#17797 Wade

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 10:41

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#17798 DutchCruijff

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 10:43

Made mine, and defo other Schumi fans, day. Sitting in the library giggling like a little girl.

#17799 vipul_singh

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 10:43

Wow, he doesn't look old at all, does he?

Still one of the fittest drivers?

Edited by vipul_singh, 24 March 2012 - 10:44.


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Posted 24 March 2012 - 10:44

It was all a bit too emotional :blush: . If he finishes tomorrow in the same place i'm uncorking a bottle of bubbly :clap: