F1 »

Schumacher hits out at test ban

Michael Schumacher hits out at the lack of testing available to F1 teams
Michael Schumacher has hit out at the 'ridiculous' test ban in place in F1 after only managing eleventh on the grid for his home Grand Prix at Hockenheim.

Mercedes had hoped to fight for a place in the top six in qualifying after a solid performance in free practice, but Schumacher and Nico Rosberg were unable to replicate their earlier form when it really matter.

Seven-time title winner Schumacher failed to make it through to Q3 by just 0.008secs and lines up eleventh as a result, with team-mate Nico Rosberg two places ahead in ninth after also struggling in qualifying.

The struggles came as the pair ran a revised version of Mercedes' blown diffuser and a new rear wing, and Schumacher said the team was paying the price somewhat for being unable to test the parts away from a race weekend.

“It is completely ridiculous to do zero testing,” he told the BBC. “Some kind of testing should be implemented. I hope there is common sense and we find a solution.

"If you don't have aerodynamic features - like the F-duct or the exhaust blown diffuser - then you want to implement them, so you develop them at home, build them on to the car and test them on the race weekend," explained Schumacher, who was used to unlimited testing in his previous Formula 1 career.

"Naturally, you have very little time and you end up in some compromises. It's a tough way to fight your way through the development, but as a consequence here and there you have some issues.

"I understand why we have ended up where we are right now, but as it was ridiculous to do 90,000 kilometres more during the year of testing it is completely ridiculous to do zero."



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Qualifying, Michael Schumacher (GER), Mercedes GP  F1 Team, MGP W01
Friday Practice 2, Michael Schumacher (GER), Mercedes GP  F1 Team, MGP W01
Saturday Practice, Michael Schumacher (GER), Mercedes GP  F1 Team, MGP W01
Who will replace Nico Rosberg at Mercedes?
Who will replace Nico Rosberg at Mercedes?
Kimi Raikkonen tests the 2017 F1 tyres in Abu Dhabi [credit: Pirelli]
Lewis Hamilton tests the 2017 F1 tyres in Abu Dhabi [credit: Pirelli]
Daniel Ricciardo tests the 2017 F1 tyres in Abu Dhabi [credit: Pirelli]
Kimi Raikkonen tests the 2017 F1 tyres in Abu Dhabi [credit: Pirelli]
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Pirelli 2017 tyre test [Credit: Pirelli]
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


James Montgomery

July 25, 2010 11:25 AM

Schuy was always a perfectionist... I remember an old old video about 10 years ago where Ferrari said he did about 2000 laps per month at Fiorano just so he knew the car inside out..... not quite sure if that is an exageration with the amount of laps, though he did alot of testing for Ferrari from what I remember! I wonder if this lack of testing is hurting Schuy as he can't get to grips with these new cars. Personally I think testing should be allowed... but a limit to it.... you can't do testing on a simulator! That just isn't right! I race on rFactor and play alot of F1 Mods... I could say i'm a qualified F1 test driver! :rolleyes:



© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.