F1 »

Schumi of old increasingly re-appears as Mercedes picks up the pace

Fernando Alonso might be right after all. On the strength of his and Mercedes Grand Prix's testing form over the past two days at Jerez, Michael Schumacher is increasingly marking himself out as F1 2011's dark horse...
Michael Schumacher admitted that he could 'only be happy' with Mercedes Grand Prix's penultimate day of running at Jerez de la Frontera, as the MGP W02 seems to be consistently improving and with it, the 'Schumi' of yore is increasingly re-emerging.

The German legend completed 114 laps of the southern Spanish circuit on a sunny and warm day, and featured inside the top three throughout, at one stage vying with Ferrari rival and fellow multiple F1 World Champion Fernando Alonso for the honour of occupying the top spot on the timing screens.

Ultimately, the 42-year-old wound up third-fastest, just under seven tenths adrift of the outright pace, at the end of a day of systems checks with the adjustable rear wing, tyre evaluations with the different Pirelli compounds and development work on the balance of the car over longer runs.

With team-mate and compatriot Nico Rosberg set to take over on Sunday, Schumacher was left to reflect upon another day of positive reliability – and extremely positive pace.

“At the end of my two test days in Jerez, I can only be happy with what we have achieved here,” confessed the 91-time grand prix-winner. “Once again today, we completed a lot of mileage, and with the exception of some smaller issues, we ran very well which enables us to steadily progress with our testing programme.

“This is exactly what you want at this period of time. I am now looking forward to continuing the development at the next test in Barcelona, starting on Friday.”

To see Saturday's Jerez lap times in full, click here

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
03.02.2011 V Michael Schumacher (GER), Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team
Michael Schumacher (GER), Mercedes GP
Michael Schumacher (GER), Mercedes GP
Michael Schumacher (GER), Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team MGP W02 Launch - Formula 1 World Championship
Michael Schumacher (GER), Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team, MGP W02
Michael Schumacher (GER), Mercedes GP
12.02.2011- Michael Schumacher (GER), Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team, MGP W02
11.02.2011- Michael Schumacher (GER), Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team, MGP W02
11/2/2011- Michael Schumacher (GER), Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team, MGP W02
1983 Spa Francorchamps - Belgian Grand Prix
Brian Redman - Cooper Belgian Grand Prix Spa 1968
Nivelles circuit - Belgian Grand Prix [credit: Google Earth]
Nivelles circuit - Belgian Grand Prix
Belgian Grand Prix - Nivelles
Belgian Grand Prix - Nivelles
Jean Alesi, Tyrrell, 1989 French Grand Prix [Credit: Crash PA]
Michael Schumacher, 7UP Jordan, 1991 Belgian Grand Prix [Credit: Crash PA]
Pirelli tyre selections per driver for the Belgian GP [Credit: Pirelli]

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.

Duke - Unregistered

February 12, 2011 5:41 PM

THE LEGEND OF F1 IS GETTING HIS NEW COURT IN ORDER! Most of Michaels ardent fans never wavered last year,as we know this man is not just an ordinary Champion we are watching, but a living legend. We are all with you Schumi every step of the way.You can rise above the snipes of jealousy,the torrent of hate,abuse and mud thrown at you from lesser mortals. THE LIVING,LEGEND IS BACK.NORMAL SERVICE IS RESUMED. GO SCHUMI GO!

© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

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