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An error from Michael Schumacher is revealed as the reason for the Hungarian GP start being aborted

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Darzetboy - Unregistered

July 30, 2012 9:14 AM

I reckon the last two races will have made up Michael's mind to call it a day. I am a forever Schuey fan, but perhaps he will realize his time is up. I dont think Lewis will fill his seat, Raikenon might, then Lewis could go to Lotus. Just a thought.

MartinJSUK

July 30, 2012 9:41 AM

Is this the lowest point of Schumacher's comeback? Errors when lining up on the grid aren't unheard of - Fisichella did the same thing in Malaysia (?) some years back - but to not be clear on the restart procedure which changed some years ago is sloppy, and the speed limit infringement is just embarrassing, not to mention dangerous. There were flashes of pace earlier this year, but the overall impression has been of a slightly doddery middle-aged man who's lost his fitness advantage and had his more aggressive tactics copied by younger, faster men. Even considering the PR impact he has, it's amazing that Mercedes are even contemplating keeping him on.

chris - Unregistered

July 30, 2012 10:27 AM

It was an unusual error, but I'm sure nothing to do with age. He's 43 not 93. As far as I could tell he was slightly out of his grid lines, but not as has been suggested elsewhere, in another drivers slot. A doddery middle-aged man could not take pole at Monaco. Ross Brawn said before the start of the race that the team had cost Schumacher around 60 points this year. So the biggest problem is the car. A few weeks back Ross Brawn was quoted as saying that the team thought that rather than concentrating on upgrades, more time was to be found in trying to understand the tyres. So they've not understood the tyres and they have brought no real upgrades. Other teams promise to improve and do, but Mercedes seem incapable of doing the same. If Schumacher retires again it will be more to do with his lack of confidence in the team, and his hatred of the current tyres rather than his own belief in has abilities. In general Rosberg's performances have slipped back to a greater degree
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Piercarlogassolini - Unregistered

July 30, 2012 1:24 PM

But Chris, he made three fundamental and NON-RACING errors in a few minutes, thats less than my dad makes in a typical journey and he might not be 93 but he's in his late 70s. If a rookie driver in a Toro Rosso had made those sequence of events they'd have been replaced by 4pm

Manxie - Unregistered

July 30, 2012 1:32 PM

I'm slightly bemused by the response of some 'so called F1 fans'.

Do you call Gross-John old and demented? Nope, I didn't think so.
You might wonder why... for those of us who actually watched this boring procession of a race, Gross-John lined up his Lotus about 1m behind the dedicated yellow line and his grid slot was rather easy to find as he started 2nd.

As Chris said, to suggest that MS is past it at 43, after having had such a strong start this season is ludicrous.

I don't know whether you've noticed, but NR is not setting the world alight either. Yes MS coc$ed up on his start so what. He was clearly annoyed as could be heard over the team radio.

There is nothing wrong with his fitness either, looks fitter than KR to me last time I've checked so to call him old, unfit, demented whatever is unjust.

Don't get me wrong, I'm just as frustrated by his and Merc's performance as most of you on here!

DC - Unregistered

July 30, 2012 1:39 PM

An epic brainfade. The old man is not safe enough to be driving F1 cars, he panics under pressure and makes idiotic mistakes.

Just look at the string of mistakes he made in less than three minutes:

1. Lining up at the wrong place.

2. Shutting off the engine (without consulting the team).

3. Racing down the pitlane, putting lots of people in danger.

Even Hamilton or Massa are not this incompetent on their worst days.

Schumacher is to F1 what Rossi is to motoGP. All hype, no substance and over-the-age.

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