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#101 Orin

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Posted 07 October 2007 - 12:38

For me this weekend sums up why Schumacher is so far past his sell-by date. He's really upped his game again, indicating that he simply hasn't been putting the effort in before now. I hope he disappears from F1 for good, at the moment he's just occupying a seat that would go otherwise to a hungrier driver.

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#102 kyriakos75

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Posted 07 October 2007 - 12:52

Originally posted by Orin
For me this weekend sums up why Schumacher is so far past his sell-by date. He's really upped his game again, indicating that he simply hasn't been putting the effort in before now. I hope he disappears from F1 for good, at the moment he's just occupying a seat that would go otherwise to a hungrier driver.


Or it sums up that he needs more motivation, for example a competitive car.

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Posted 07 October 2007 - 13:03

Originally posted by kyriakos75


Or it sums up that he needs more motivation, for example a competitive car.


If you can't find motivation within yourself you don't deserve to be in F1.

#104 F1 Tor.

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Posted 07 October 2007 - 13:23

Originally posted by Orin


If you can't find motivation within yourself you don't deserve to be in F1.


yeah, sure, but don't pretend external factors don't contribute to a person's motivation. They do :wave:

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Posted 07 October 2007 - 13:26

Originally posted by Orin


If you can't find motivation within yourself you don't deserve to be in F1.


By that logic, all drivers should drive without the need to have more salary than what is needed for food and a roof. ;)

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Posted 07 October 2007 - 13:33

Originally posted by Orin


If you can't find motivation within yourself you don't deserve to be in F1.


There is a limit on how long one can rely on motivation found only within himself.

#107 Orin

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Posted 07 October 2007 - 14:27

Originally posted by kyriakos75


There is a limit on how long one can rely on motivation found only within himself.


Trulli still has it. There is a long queue of drivers who'd give their right arms to drive that Toyota (not literally, that would be like shooting oneself in the foot), if Schumacher can't be bothered then the team will never move forward. Look at Button this year, after years of driving for a team not quite good enough, he finds they've descended to laughably piss poor (didn't Honda fill the back row after qualifying for one race this year?!), yet he's probably driving better than ever!

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Posted 07 October 2007 - 14:50

Originally posted by Orin

Trulli still has it.


Does he? I find his race performances this year not very ...motivated ;) He qualifies good and in the race most of the times he cruises around.

Originally posted by Orin

Look at Button this year, after years of driving for a team not quite good enough, he finds they've descended to laughably piss poor (didn't Honda fill the back row after qualifying for one race this year?!), yet he's probably driving better than ever!


Button had a very good second part of the 2006 season, including a win, and this undoubtedly replenished his motivation - still he has been beaten by RB more than once this year and the 'better than ever part' is debatable.
I would like to see how he will perform if 2008 is equally bad for Honda.

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Posted 27 December 2007 - 20:23

Ralf: ''As things look I will have a sabbatical in 2008. Unless some team thinks differently about that in the wintertime.''

''I've had three hard years at Toyota, that haven't gone as I had wished. I would gladly do something but Force India starts from scratch and that would not have been the right thing for me.''

''It's a liberating feeling to have a calm approach to things and to wait and see what you're going to do.''

''Theoratically it would perhaps be possible to come back in 2009, but one has to wait and see what comes around (then) or not. Formula 1 waits for no-one.''

''So far motorsport has been part of my life and will remain part of my live. It remains to be seen in which way. At the moment I neither have any offers, nor do I have any substantial ideas, apart from nicely having quietness.''

Meanwhile Ralf and his ex-manager both stated that their divorce was 'prearranged'.

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Posted 27 December 2007 - 20:43

Originally posted by AFCA
Ralf: ''As things look I will have a sabbatical in 2008. Unless some team thinks differently about that in the wintertime.''


On to a permanent sabattical then :wave:

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Posted 27 December 2007 - 23:09

Originally posted by Frans
I hear rumours that Jos Verstappen's manager is in contact with Toyota.

Verstappen's manager today:
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#112 ensign14

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Posted 27 December 2007 - 23:18

:rotfl:

#113 sterling49

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Posted 27 December 2007 - 23:28

Originally posted by WACKO


On to a permanent sabattical then :wave:


I am sure the Toyota pay cheques will soften the blow ;) What a way to retire :up:

#114 Arrows4Ever

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Posted 28 December 2007 - 15:09

Originally posted by se7en_24

Verstappen's manager today:
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:rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

Just started to watch Extras over the holidays!!!
Good show!!!

#115 Arrows4Ever

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Posted 28 December 2007 - 15:11

So a sabbatical seems more and more of a real thing...(I say :clap: :clap: )

http://www.radio-can...alf-jeudi.shtml

Google translation:
Ralf Schumacher could have already made its last lap.

According to the view taken by the German agency DPA Thursday, the pilot would take a sabbatical.

The contract with Toyota Schumacher has ended after the 2007 season. Since then, the 32-year-old German has been unable to find a new wheel for the 2008 season, which begins March 16 in Australia.

A year away from single-seaters could mean a permanent departure from the F1. Except Alain Prost in 1993, few pilots were able to return in force after a year off.

Earlier in December, the younger brother of Michael had mentioned the possibility of retirement from the world of F1.

#116 SlateGray

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Posted 28 December 2007 - 15:52

No special thread for the end of Ralf? :cry: :)

#117 race addicted

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Posted 28 December 2007 - 16:34

Yes, there is, Taxi's thread; http://forums.autosp...&threadid=97755

#118 AFCA

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Posted 12 March 2008 - 21:55

Ralf will be Bild's motorsport expert :D