F1 » Schumi of old increasingly re-appears as Mercedes picks up pace


Fernando Alonso might be right after all. On the strength of his and Mercedes Grand Prix's testing form over the past two days at Jerez, Michael Schumacher is increasingly marking himself out as F1 2011's dark horse...

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Kiko - Unregistered

February 12, 2011 6:50 PM

Great to see Schumi driving well again, wonder how Rosberg will do tomorrow?

Only concern is that today on the 10-15 lap runs, the Ferrari proved to be more consistent.

Dany Brown

February 12, 2011 7:21 PM

I'm no fan of Schumi at all, being from Quebec and with the Villeneuve thing in 1997 and all...
But there is no denying that he is a living legend. The man is able to pull tricks few other can. If the car can do it, it is sure that he can win again.
Just hope that Rosberg can do it even more than Micheal :)

Alan D - Unregistered

February 12, 2011 7:42 PM

Something that strikes me about 2011 is that it is going to have FIVE world champions on the grid, Schumacher, Alonso, Hamilton, Button and Vettel, and I can't remember when that last happened, if ever. In 1990 there was Senna, Prost, Piquet and Mansell. But FIVE?

and its not just five former champions, its five former champions all in cars which look capable of winning in 2011, and add to that we've got Webber, Massa and Rosberg also capable drivers in those good cars, and now we have Heidfeld and the Lotus Renault topping the timing screens.

Now if only the cars were capable of overtaking without gimmicks.

your mum - Unregistered

February 12, 2011 7:53 PM

1 the top F1 magazines was surprised at some of the front section design and aerodynamic details on this yrs Merc, dissing it, basically saying it will compromise front grip into the corners.. just what I didnt want to read!

andrew.

February 12, 2011 7:56 PM

Alan - 1985 had 5 champions on the grid at one point. Niki lauda, Alain Prost, Keke Rosberg, Nelson Piquet and Alan Jones, albeit not all in a position to challange for the championship and Alan Jones only competed in a handful of races.

Alan D - Unregistered

February 12, 2011 8:32 PM

Andrew, I was about to say good spot on 1985. I'd fogotten Alan Jones was a WDC. However, 1985 was the year Alain Prost won the WDC for the first time, so he wasn't actually a champion during 1985, and Mansell didn't win his WDC until the nineties, so in 1985 there were only three champions on the grid. It also had three future champions, because Senna was there as well, but it still isn't close to what we have in 2011.

Because of the periods of domination, like Fangio in the early years and Schumacher in recent years, its hard to get periods with multiple champions still racing. It really is unusual that we've had five different champions in the last five years, (and one of those, Kimi, is already out of F1), plus another who has driven for much longer than most drivers ever manage.

RMedia

February 12, 2011 8:36 PM
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hopefully Rosberg will continue the good work... Merc has been rather clever this testing week... putting MSC's experience into max usage.... and MSC racking up miles on himself and the car... and Rosberg can start tomorrow with a semi sorted car.

Alan D - Unregistered

February 12, 2011 8:40 PM

Clive, will we have a banner year? I hope so too, but this time last year I said we had a season coming up where we could have 10 different race winners, (the two Ferraris, the two Mclarens, the two Red Bulls, Kubica, possibly both Mercs if the car was as good as they were predicting, and maybe a dark horse winner such as Barrichello or Kobayashi). We could have had several drivers tied on 2 or 3 wins each.

Well, I was totally wrong there wasn't I. We only had five winners all season, although if it wasn't for team orders, maybe Massa would have won once. So will it be any better in 2011? Early indications are that the Merc and the Lotus Renault are both more competitive, so I'm forever hopeful.

richard

February 12, 2011 9:46 PM

it is interesting to read the interiew by bbc , with schumi after todays testing. there, he is expressing his concern at the pace of the merc. i still believe that initially, there will be a battle between three teams, rbr, mclaren and ferrari, with their three number 1 drivers being in the hunt, and then merc and lotus might come through with an occasional win.

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