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F1 testing has now started and the teams are developing their cars. At this point it's very difficult to get an idea of the ultimate pace of both the cars and drivers, but I'd like to see how people think Schumacher will get on after his long break.
He is now 41 and has had some injury issues (after falling off a motorbike) so there are some concerns over his fitness. In the most recent test, at Jerez, he was 5th quickest and over 2 seconds off the pace:
1. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m 19.299s
2. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m 20.115s
3. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m 20.394s
4. Nico Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1m 21.432s
5. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m 21.437s
6. Robert Kubica Renault 1m 21.916s
7. Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1m 21.939s
8. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m 22.228s
9. Jaime Alguersuari Scuderia Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m 22.564s
10. Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1m 23.504s
11. Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1m 23.521s
So, will Schuey be quick? Will he make it his 8th World Championship?
Probably the wrong question. Can Ross Brawn win the world championship with schumacher. He obviously thinks so and he doesn't make too many mistakes. I've never been a great fan of schuey, i reckon he's ok left to himself and deals with low ranking back markers ok, but up against a quality opponent, thats when he has had his big offs. I dont think he is anywhere near as good as Button in hard cut and thrust duelling and especially now he is a bit older, a bit rusty and a bit injured. I think he should stick to time trialing, though he'll probably qualify well this year. I think that list above tells us nothing, i view that stuff as the teams playing chess. The last lot from a few months ago were even worse, with McClaren posting a time with their test driver.
I think "eventually" is all I can say. Was never expecting him to compete for wins straight off the bat. And it looks like this year the car will play a much bigger role in the overall order. His first challenge is to beat Rosberg...
Well, no he wasn't, but l'd reserve judgement until the end of this year. He was well beaten by Rosberg, true, but with the lack of testing it is very difficult for a driver and his car to tune into one another. This was always Schumacher's best asset: he would relentlessly test and refine until he and the car were perfectly suited. Others didn't bother, they pretty much drove around the car (Raikkonen), but he worked so hard in getting everything right.
Brawn is a genius and I am certain that he wouldn't persevere with Schumacher if he didn't feel he could be competitive.
I actually completely agree, we did see moments of brilliance but the car really wasn't up to it and i always felt that was why Button took off for Mcclaren cos he knew the car was nowhere near.
What about this year though? I think Vettel will be almost unbeatable this year with a Newey car underneath and the love of the team blowing his (Red) wings. But Mercedes will have learnt more this year and I expect them to be good. Ferrari will be there, but I think they are lacking a little at the moment- the car never seems to be the best since Rory Byrne left, it is OK but nothing spectacular. McLaren are due a great car, but they too have struggled since Newey left so who knows?
My prediction for the top 3
I really dunno , to be honest i havent got into any of it yet and had no idea what had or hadn't gone on till i caught up with an F1 addict mate the other night.I was actually quite suprised, after some of last seasons shennanigans that the key players have stayed put.Most shocked that Webber and Vettel will be doing a re-run. I thought that maybe " Mairk " had burnt his bridges a bit but perhaps the management think the whole thing was just what they needed and are looking forward to more of the same. Jensen seems to have taken the slot in F1 generally, vacated by Barrichello of professional 2nd driver and you have to wonder if Lewis will ever have quite enough car ever again to be champion one more time. Would love to see Alonso continue the charge that was seriously gathering pace as the season closed and get right on young vettels gearbox in the new season.
I'll have a go at prognostication
3 Kubica ( assuming the Lotus/Renault thing doesn't come to tears and can get a proper car on the track )
Schumi isn't a question mark at all . After last year all has been answered . Past his sell by I'm afraid .
The 2011 season ? If its Half as Boring ( has anyone looked at the pathetic statistics for 2010 yet ? )
as 2010 was I'll be passing on the Austin US F1 Race in 2012 .
Rock On - Drive On - Remain Calm - and Carry On
"we did see moments of brilliance " damn I must have nodded off with the boring circle and missed it - was it any good - seriously??
Joking apart - He is too proud now to hang up his helmet because everyone would remember him being a total failure - which is sad but true. A mad with the record number of championships wont be remembered for that - human sick nature. Like an old Oscar winning actor trying to get back on the silver screen - they will remember only his last performance - until the obituries show up.
Pity really because I dont care what magic Ross Brawn works - he is just too old and as much as the desire is there - the refleces and eyesight are not - end of story.
time to move over
You want a progrnosis ? hmmmm dream time
1) Di Resta
2) Di Resta
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