Schumacher Fastest In Testing…Again

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Much to the chagrin of the anti-Schumacher Malcontents, Michael showed up for testing to shake down Ferrari’s bid on developing their 2008 car without Traction control. There are few drivers so strategically positioned to tell Ferrari what the cars were like before TC was re-introduced in 2001 and Michael was a willing test driver to help. Although Lauda and others have lambasted Michael for testing, I think t’s a good move to get as much of Michael’s car development knowledge as they can.

It comes as very little surprise that Michael was the fastest during testing at Barcelona. While different drivers have different setup’s fuel loads etc during testing, results can certainly vary and it is not indicative that other drivers weren’t as capable of putting in similar laps. But it was good to see Michael prove that he retired for personal reasons and not because Kimi proved to Michael that he’s not the best driver in F1 as stated in F1 Magazine by a certain PR guy at McLaren . Way to go Michael!

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JYS Fan

Certain Ex-editors of F! mag/Current PR persons at McLaren, should pull their heads out of their butts….

John “sure us bright out here!” Stone

Paul
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Paul

What a legend. Bring back the Schumaster!

Lucas S.
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Lucas S.

I was never a schum fan, but you can’t deny how talented he is. I was pretty impressed by this considering he hadn’t been in a car in so long.

Lucas S.

febsterehckya21
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febsterehckya21

I’m just happy the Schum has still got it in him. To think the comments of Patrick Head could send the rumor mill into over-drive!

BobHereYo
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BobHereYo

This is not unusual it has just not happened in quite some time— I remember Prost did some testing for McClaren after he retired and before he bought Ligier. Most retired champion types had already lost it or were out of the game way too much to come back and make and impact. Also, we have not had that many world champions in the past 10-15 years any way that were in a position to do what Michael is doing. Damon Hill – Fresh from Jordan –NO! Jaques Villeneuve- from MidGrid at Honda or Guest Role with Renault (we wont… Read more »

JYS Fan
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JYS Fan

Aaaahhhhh JYS…….. Who about 5-10 years after he retired was at Dijon or one of the other French GP tracks while testing was going on. One of the teams was having an issue with an ill handling car. Some how Stewart(he had not driven a racing car since he retired) ended up borrowing a drivers suit, helmet, going out in the car after a couple of warm up laps, got the car down to 2-3 seconds off the pace of the other F1 cars there. Pulled back into the pits, got out of the car, and said to the slack… Read more »

febsterehckya21
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febsterehckya21

Hold your foot down, break when needed, move the steering wheel and stand the Gs… That’s all to it. Whatever happened to changing the gears the old fashioned way?

Grace
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The modern car industry is what happened… racing, unlike other sports, isnt just about racing but about remaining relevant to the auto industry. So while no driver aids is an awesome idea for the sport, its not so awesome for the manufactures who pay a small countries GDP to be in the sport.

LennyKey
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LennyKey

We all know that the Schum can drive, he has proven this over and over and over again. Ferrari is using him for his input on the car when they have to take out the traction control. It is simple – hire the best and get the most out of him. (You hear that Ron? Get the most out of him, don’t kick him to the curb after one year!)

Negative Camber
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Amen Lenny.

Grace
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And here we go again… because Alonso was a big old innocent in that affair.