F1 » Schumacher: Pit-stop error an 'unfortunate ending'


Michael Schumacher: I feel sorry for the guys, who always work so hard and give their best. But we all know that's part of the game.

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MikeG

April 16, 2012 3:42 PM

The comment of a true professional. These things happen in racing and it is no use harping on them. I hope that the performance of the Merc was a sign of good things to come. Hoping for a win from Michael in hotter Bahrain. :-)

blzbub

April 16, 2012 4:14 PM

Who says he doesnt add anything to F1. And he was genuinely pleased for Nico and the teams success, a 'team' that he is an important part of. Now adding how to accept mis-fortune like a champion.

chris - Unregistered

April 16, 2012 6:00 PM

He's had a wheel fall off now each season since his comeback, which has got to be more than the average wheel cock-up any driver should expect. Admire his calmness in these situations.

tman - Unregistered

April 16, 2012 8:00 PM

A podium/victory this season has to be near by. Had he not had his issues, he could have pushed Nico all the way to the flag. Not certain but I think that Schu tends to be quicker on the harder tyre then Nico.
The 'older' guy still just as quick as those half his age!

107SS2009

April 16, 2012 8:07 PM

“The comment of a true professional” a very apt comment indeed, I for one has never heard MS criticizing a team he drove for no matter what, what a difference from some of the over hyped drivers of today.
Some comments on the botched pit stop, the system used, the wheel guns have lights that comes on when the 500psi of torque is reached on tightening of the wheel nut, the two (both) rear wheel guns lights show (comes) on the rear jack as well and the car is dropped at the rear, all four wheel guns lights (both front and rear) show (comes) on the front jack and the front jack is dropped, it is the front jack that finally release the car when all four lights comes on.
Two notes, the Mercedes wheel rim incorporates the wheel nut (captive with the wheel rim).
Other teams whose wheel nuts comes of the wheel rim (out with the wheel gun) have magnets both on the gun (wheel nut socket) and on the wheel nut itself, Mercedes is reputed to have spend upper of 400k on their front swivel jack alone

DavidB - Unregistered

April 16, 2012 10:34 PM

The BBC commentary stated that the whole system was automated and seemed to imply that the car could only be released when the various sensors on the nuts, guns, and maybe the car had indicted all four wheels correctly attached. If so that would imply a system failure not human error. Anyone know more details of how it works?

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