F1 » Schumacher: F1 now much closer

Michael Schumacher says the competition within F1 is much greater now than in his earlier career

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jim crint - Unregistered

January 02, 2013 4:06 PM

@taipan - must disagree with you on Mansell. Sure the 92 Williams was a class apart, but so was the Red Bull last year, the Ferrari in the early 00's, the Lotus 72, the Lotus 49 in 68, the Mercedes in 55....this is how it goes. Are you saying that Vettel, Schumacher, Senna, Rindt, Hill & Fangio weren't worthy world champions because their cars were superior? This has always been the nature of this sport. The best drivers in the fastest cars! But you've still got to drive it and Mansell was blistering in qualifying in 92, a full 1.8 seconds ahead of his teammate at Silverstone that year, the same gap that Senna had over Prost at Monaco in 1988.

Mansell could very easily have been a four-time world champion but for an exploding rear tyre in 86, an incredibly unlucky qualifying accident that kept him out of the last two races in 87, and ridiculous early season unreliability in 1991. He deserved to be in that Williams and he deserved to be champion.


January 02, 2013 5:07 PM

jim. comparing the williams to other 1992 competitors, to rbr to others in 2011, is like comparing chalk to cheese. as schumi says, f1 is far closer than before. now cars are seperated in quali by hundredths of a sec. in 1992, cars were seperated by several seconds. and dont get into the "wot ifs". the simple fact is that every driver suffers incidents, and i am sure that other drivers around with mansell, could also lay claim title to the title, only for a "wot if".


January 02, 2013 5:34 PM

Jim, I'm not saying Mansell didn't deserve A championship, over the course of his career I'd say he did deserve one. But it only came due to having a car that was seconds ahead of the rest. He drove it well in '92 but the only person on the same playing field was Patrese, and lets face it he was a has been by that stage (possibly a never was to start with!)
I agree with Richard, people whine about RBR being dominant when they get pole by a tenth these days, the McLaren was the second fastest car in '92 but Mansell's Williams was sometimes 3 seconds a lap faster in qualifying, the advantage he had was utterly massive.


January 02, 2013 6:46 PM

Schumi was 40+ in his second carrier, so imho he feel the competitors stronger.

A 40+ boxer or football player also feel the rivals in ther 20's stronger, than he feel when he was also in his 20's.

+ imho the current F1 requires less from drivers than did in the 80's or 90's (or even the early 2000 years), so more driver can catch this lower limit.


January 02, 2013 8:08 PM

F1Times gave the result of their poll today....

Driver of the year -Kimi

Race of the year - Abu Dhabi (Kimi's only win)

Craziest Moment - Kimi's radio messages

Overtake of the year - Kimi on Schumacher at Spa

Man of the year - Kimi

Most underrated driver - Kimi!

How can you top all those catgories then be voted as underrated? lol

Richard I read more of the Autosprint top ten, -

“We have analysed not only the results on the track, but also the importance and impact a single driver had on his era,”

Makes more sense to me now.

Piercarlogassolini - Unregistered

January 03, 2013 1:13 AM

'As for Mansell's wonderful things in '92, thank the car for that. And the Indycar championship was an amature sport compared to F1'.

Well I beg to differ, I just watched the end of the 93 indy 500 and I saw no amateurs, just some bloody brave soldiers including 3 F1 world champs in the top 6.

chris - Unregistered

January 03, 2013 1:23 AM

mike an old D**K in tough old racing days...and his experince applys to old days of tough racing...not to todays leaner of racing...at least kimi still got it! he has and always will...its call adaption...quick and skillfully...but not micheal..his driving for the past 3 season ..never aggressive and risk taking....

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