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#18201 iotar

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 09:28

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#18202 Richardc

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 10:06

Without Hamilton in the running currently - do you think we will see a pole or front row slow for Michael? It will be very interesting to see how Rosberg does in the 3rd quali aswell.

#18203 ivand911

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 10:09

Without Hamilton in the running currently - do you think we will see a pole or front row slow for Michael? It will be very interesting to see how Rosberg does in the 3rd quali aswell.

Front row for MS is possibility.


#18204 BRK

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 13:09

Seems like an eternity since the last time he was back in action, I hope Bahrain goes ahead as planned. :lol:




#18205 puxanando

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 13:32

Great interview with Schumi

#18206 Sakae

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 14:56

Great interview with Schumi

So, you are his closet admirer after all.

#18207 Urawa

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 17:22

Great interview with Schumi


indeed. surprise, surprise he likes other tracks more than this one. He never got the balance right at this track so far.
The car lacks speed in high speed corners in comparison to slow and medium-speed corners.

#18208 pUs

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 19:34

Great interview with Schumi


Thanks, great interview! :up:

#18209 spacekid

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 07:59

Good chance of a front row starting slot tomorrow! All I'm really hoping for is a clean weekend so we can see what Schumi's unaffected race pace in this W03 is.

#18210 TheBunk

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:07

http://en.espnf1.com...tory/75548.html

Schumacher says: bring it on! Sounds happy.

#18211 ayali

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:16

Great interview with Schumi

thnx interesting :up:

great to see Schumi back in front
hope he can manage a front row spot for the race

:cool:

#18212 Diablobb81

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:18

I just for an incident free race.

#18213 Richardc

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:26

Front row would help with the incident free, so long as he gets a nice start.

#18214 Sakae

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 13:04

He was happy with car balance. First step then accomplished, another three to go this weekend.

#18215 puxanando

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 16:24

So, you are his closet admirer after all.


Don't have to be an admirer to respect him. :D


#18216 Group B

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 19:41

Don't have to be an admirer to respect him. :D

Not a common enough sentiment, that. I don't support Fred, but believe he's the best driver on the grid, I think Hamilton's a tw*t, but believe he's the most gifted driver on the grid. After all, constantly saying your hero's main rivals are shite only serves to downplay his own ability should he beat them.

#18217 RedRider

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 19:51

Schumi will grab Pole if the weather holds (dry) :rotfl: . Alonso will be lucky to make to top ten. the 2012 Ferrari is a Dog!!. :lol: Same for Kimi. The lotus doesn't seem to like this track.

#18218 spacekid

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 07:10

Hrmmm. Pretty good qualifying from Michael, and his first front row start of his comeback. All very exciting!!

But but but... Nico just destroyed him there, didn't he?

Still, it was an incredible lap from Nico, he'll struggle to do a whole race of those tomorrow. It will be interesting to see if Mercedes can pull away or get swallowed up when they can't use DRS on the long straights.

#18219 Richardc

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 07:12

Nicos first lap was much better yes, but as we're hearing the track was quicker at the start of Q3 - it may be as simple as a small mistake by Schumacher on his lap.

Reasonable qualifying from him and certainly great lap by Nico.

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#18220 PoliFanAthic

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 07:22

I think he did well enough, despite the big gap to Nico - constant improvements throughout Q and just a nick behind Hamilton.

It's hard to compete with such a perfect lap and, if I'm not mistaken, this is Michael's best starting position in China.

#18221 Scotracer

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 07:24

This is Michael's worst track, in terms of record, and probably Nico's best. He really flies here.

#18222 sanW10

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 07:30

I also hate this track in (GTR2/f1 '11 ):p

hoping for top 4 finishes

Edited by sanW10, 14 April 2012 - 07:32.


#18223 walkindude

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 07:33

He will still finish ahead of Nico though.Hopefully hopefully in a good points scoring position.

#18224 Schumacher7

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 07:48

Hrmmm. Pretty good qualifying from Michael, and his first front row start of his comeback. All very exciting!!

But but but... Nico just destroyed him everyone there, didn't he?

Still, it was an incredible lap from Nico, he'll struggle to do a whole race of those tomorrow. It will be interesting to see if Mercedes can pull away or get swallowed up when they can't use DRS on the long straights.

Corrected.;) Nico seemed like he was in a class of his own on that lap. Schumacher marginally behind Hamilton with the rest of them also just a little bit behind, Nico's lap was stunningly fast to be that far ahead of everybody else.

#18225 spacekid

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 07:58

Corrected.;) Nico seemed like he was in a class of his own on that lap. Schumacher marginally behind Hamilton with the rest of them also just a little bit behind, Nico's lap was stunningly fast to be that far ahead of everybody else.


Its true, Michaels time compared to Lewis' was pretty good, and Michael has been within around 0.1s of Nico all weekend and sometimes quicker.

I'm very curious to see if they have similar race pace tomorrow, Nico said he made some setup changes before Q3, if they've gone different ways on set up only one of them will work in the race!

#18226 Skanka

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 08:04

Nothing to be ashamed of for Michael. Yes he's 0.5s behind, but that's the very first time it happened this season in qualifying, be it Q1, Q2 or Q3, he was always at worst just a tenth slower than Rosberg, and here it was the same right up to Q2. It was just a phenomenal effort from Rosberg, which you've got to respect and admire, but it's not like Schumacher's been underperforming and struggling massively like he did last year in quali, it was just a massive effort from Rosberg, and in pretty special conditions, Rosberg being the only one to really improve his time from Q2 while the track tempature was dropping.

Let's hope for a good race this time. :drunk:

#18227 sharo

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 08:34

The difference of NR time to Michael and Lewis makes me think about different setups and race strategies. We'll see tomorrow.

#18228 Schumywdcf1

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 08:41

this all points down to another important factor
no one really knows how to work this Peaky Pirelli tyres
thats what i have learned from today's qualy
its just so peaky and inconsistent

#18229 Ferrari_F1_fan_2001

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 08:42

I hope it's not another Nico Saturday Glory Run.

#18230 BRK

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 08:55

Well done, Michael! Starting on the front row would at the very least mean it could be a good first few minutes of the race tomorrow (unless someone manages to ram into him from behind again, that is) Schumacher leading into the first corner of a race with his teammate behind him for the first time in years -what I wouldn't give to see that. :up: Just hope he gets a good start, though.

Edited by BRK, 14 April 2012 - 08:56.


#18231 Richardc

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 08:57

what side is pole?

#18232 Sakae

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 08:58

An interesting quali, but I will be darn if I can predict race results. This year is pretty weird.

#18233 Sakae

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 11:35

Start will be interesting, and we will see if Nico will concentrate on blocking Michael, and let Kamui and Kimi to take advantage of it, or vice versa, he gets busy with charging Kimi, and Michael gets through. (Assuming they all will start in their usual manner). Nico is under stress due to his first pole position, but perhaps that will not be a huge detriment. It's all such novelty again, strange faces at the pointy arrow, but two "older" gentlemen. :)

#18234 Octavian

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 11:48

It's going to be a great race tomorrow and no doubt Schumi has his best shot at winning a race since his return to F1.
Whether either Merc wins will come down to whether Kamui and Kimi hold up the McLarens. If the McLarens get the jump on those two at the start then I wont hold out much hope for a win for either Rosberg or our beloved Schumi as the McLaren has race pace.

Ideally the McLarens will get held up and Michael will be ruthless and take Nico at the start or the first corner and it will be a cruise to the finish Michael! :)

#18235 TheBunk

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 11:51

Needs. To. Make. A. Killer. Start.

Then a lot is possible :)

#18236 baddog

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 12:56

Given he was never going to beat Nico's great lap, second is literally as good as it can get.

#18237 repeatoffender

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 14:11

Given he was never going to beat Nico's great lap, second is literally as good as it can get.



For all the Nico fans, we might be in a good position to compare his racecraft and skill to MS, BUT IF ONLY, I reiterate IF ONLY, both of them doesn't involve in an accident with another driver or between themselves.

Having said that I can already see MS zoom past Nico on turn one. The whole grid will reorder themselves on turn 1 for sure.

BTW: there is Kamui very close to both with his hysterics so Merc drivers watch out!





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Posted 14 April 2012 - 14:17

If he makes a good start, then even with a bad car he'll be able to finish high up. I think this is his chance.

I don't see him winning, sadly, but P3 is definitely in his grasp at least.

I'll be laughing so hard if he outperforms Nico again though.

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 14:18

Yeah im very worried about Cowboy Koba tbh, no telling what this guy is going to do.

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#18240 Schumacher7

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 14:25

Yeah im very worried about Cowboy Koba tbh, no telling what this guy is going to do.

I think he'll try to be careful, in his interview with either Sky or the BBC he said that he just wants to score a good amount of points so I think he'll be a tad cautious, I hope he'll be a tad cautious.

#18241 Leyser

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 15:25

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I think he'll try to be careful, in his interview with either Sky or the BBC he said that he just wants to score a good amount of points so I think he'll be a tad cautious, I hope he'll be a tad cautious.


Not to indulge in stereotypes, bigotry etc., but thats like hoping for a cautious Kamikaze pilot. I like Kamui but that's because he rarely races against drivers I really support. :D

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 15:40

In the first part of his career, it would have been strange/bad to see Schumacher half a second behind his teammate. It still is now to be honest, but nevertheless a decent lap by Michael. I think he will be better tomorrow, his racecraft is good compared to Rosberg.

Edited by sniper80, 14 April 2012 - 15:40.


#18243 ali.unal

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 15:45

Rosberg will start for the first time from pole position so he may end to having to defend, instead of attacking which he used to do. That I believe could open a door for Schumacher to sneak into first place at Turn 1. Rosberg will be quite busy watching over fast starting Raikkonen, which may give a chance to Koba and Schumacher to attack.

#18244 Mestrades

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 16:09

One of you can give me a link with the time per lap of the FP3? The PDF on FIA's website link is broken. Brawn has said that they have been testing high fuel runnings and I would like to see them. Thank you!


#18245 George Costanza

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 17:02

This is Michael's worst track, in terms of record, and probably Nico's best. He really flies here.



Very well said, sir.

Schumacher already done a great job, I hope he can get on the podium.

#18246 D.M.N.

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 17:12

For all the Nico fans, we might be in a good position to compare his racecraft and skill to MS, BUT IF ONLY, I reiterate IF ONLY, both of them doesn't involve in an accident with another driver or between themselves.

Having said that I can already see MS zoom past Nico on turn one. The whole grid will reorder themselves on turn 1 for sure.

BTW: there is Kamui very close to both with his hysterics so Merc drivers watch out!


Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think Schumacher's ever had a collision with his own team-mate, has he?

Really good qualifying by Schumacher. Outshone by Rosberg, but 2nd place on the grid is very good, and as always the points come on Sunday, not Saturday. Let's hope the tyres hold up and that Mercedes' degradation does not haunt both Schumi and Rosberg.

#18247 ivand911

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 17:12

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#18248 IceSkyrim

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 17:35

:eek: Mercedes cheating Schumacher :eek:

The team gave Nico a "last minute" set up change, not offered to Michael.

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 17:38

:eek: Mercedes cheating Schumacher :eek:

The team gave Nico a "last minute" set up change, not offered to Michael.


I was thinking the same thing, It's all a plot I tell ya... :rolleyes:

#18250 ivand911

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 17:49

Maybe MS decided to stick with his setup, thinking about the race. It will be lottery tomorrow, who knows what is wrong and what is right? Also team maybe want to widen their tyre window. One of them will be more luckier.
Or it was Nico and his engineer decision to change something, don't know if they need permission to do it. We don't know what exactly happen.

Edited by ivand911, 14 April 2012 - 17:54.