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Schumacher: Most drivers suffer in simulators

Michael Schumacher plays down reports that motion sickness affected F1 return
Michael Schumacher insists he isn't the only driver to suffer from sickness while using a simulator after reports emerged that the German had been struggling in the machine used by the Mercedes team.

Although denied by the Mercedes team, reports had suggested that Schumacher's struggles last year had been partly down to the fact that the seven-time champion was only able to spend limited time in the simulator.

Schumacher himself has now insisted that there were no problems from using the simulator and said that a number of other drivers suffer a similar issue themselves.

"I think almost all the drivers that I know have had it (motion sickness)," he told the Telegraph. "When we had our first simulator at Ferrari I had exactly this feeling already so it's nothing to do with age. People get used to it by going through certain processes."

The German also said that he didn't feel that the simulator is as vital as some teams make out.

"As far as I understand there are some other top teams that have a simulator but make very little use of it," he said. "For us drivers the main benefit of them would be to get used to a track. But for me personally that has never been an issue. I don't see the big advantage of them."



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Shirley Knott - Unregistered

January 31, 2011 11:30 AM

I can understand the problems the drivers have. You only get thrown about in a simulator and don't experience the same 'G' forces. @BEA until the teams can get back to 'proper' testing on the track a simulator is the only way they can adapt and adjust. In a way I agree with you about the smaller teams. Maybe the FIA should run the simulators and allow ALL teams a set amount of time in the machines. It can't be that hard to set the simulators up for the individual teams and the quirks of the individual cars. (The danger with that is that the FIA may decide that it is cheaper to run the races in a simulator rather than on the track LOL.)

Jose - Unregistered

January 31, 2011 11:04 PM

Well I have to side with the Man Schumacker I have always believed that those glorious F1 simulators are nothing but really expensive video games...... Force India's Mallyia tested a Narian and Kchunk in Big Mac Simulator calming that they didn't meet his expectation. After reading that I was sure that Mallyia has more money than common sense. Jose



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