The F1 fanatics were treated with a race of their lives as Lewis Hamilton managed to win the seventh edition of the 2010 GP in Istanbul. It was a dramatic finish to a race where team Red Bull almost managed to clinch both the top spots, but sadly a clash between Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel saw Hamilton take the advantage.
Mark Webber who appeared to be the culprit behind the collision managed to finish third, as he left his team-mate Vettel in a furious state after the race. Even team boss Christian Horner was angry at both drivers as he stressed on the need of the drivers giving each other room and none of the two sadly yielded.
Lewis was followed by team-mate Button on the podium and Mercedes GP driver Michael Schumacher grabbed the fourth spot.
It’s not only Michael Schumacher who’s looking for an F1 comeback, the likes of 1997 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve are also eyeing their return to the circuit. Villeneuve is still practicing to make his dream come true which is why he is maintaining his fitness condition by using a bespoke EUR400,000 machine which has been conceived by his famous trainer, Erwin Gollner. Villeneuve almost made it back to the F1 circuit with the Serbian outfit Stefan GP but sadly the Zoran Stefanovich headed unit was not granted an entry in this year’s competition. He also mentioned that he is ready to replace any current driver in the ongoing season and he is confident that there is still place for experienced contenders on the circuit.
Former F1 driver David Coulthard isn’t pleased with Michael Schumacher’s apparent criticism as he believes that Schumi should be give more time in this season to gain a firm footing.
David believes that it is not Michael’s fault and Mercedes should be blamed for not offering him the kind of car he likes to drive.
Schumi is 40 points behind his own teammate Nico Rosberg in the first four races and the revised Merc package for the Barcelona GP is being touted as his last chance to avoid being written off.
Coulthard thinks that Schumi should be given more time (at least half a season) before being assessed.
As per him, the current car Schumi is driving was originally made for Jenson Button who switched to McLaren making room for Schumi in the rebranded Brawn team.
Coulthard is hopeful that the seven time world champion will have to wait for Mercedes to develop the right kind of car.
25 year old Briton Lewis Hamilton is finding himself making news for all the wrong reasons this year. His ‘weaving’ defensive driving act at the Malaysian Grand Prix has been heavily criticized by a number of F1 experts and news is that the weaving act will be discussed by at the pre-event drivers’ Briefing in Shanghai.
Hamilton was severely criticized by Brazilian veteran Rubens Barrichello of Williams and Pole Robert Kubica of Renault for his car handling when he defended against Kubica’s team-mate Russian Vitaly Petrov. Barrichello also mentioned that the drivers also have a kind of verbal agreement that you should move only once during the protection of your line.
Hamilton’s defensive tactics were worthy of punishment as it was against the sprit of the competition. Mark Webber is however of the opinion that this issue should be “tidied up” when the drivers congregate for their pre-race briefing in Shanghai.
34 year old, former Formula 1 driver, Ralf Schumacher has openly gone on record and defended his brother’s Formula 1 return. As per Ralf, Michael sees his F1 return in a very relaxed way and he returned to the circuit to have fun and take up a challenge. Michael’s performance this season has been lackluster and therefore many a groups have condemned his return as a failure. His team on the other hand is confident that Michael is looking for his desired car and he is close to getting it, something which is important for the driver. Ralf also did not rule out his chances of the F1 redemption as he currently has signed for another season in the German touring car series DTM. [via WCF]
Michael Schumacher, the seven time world champion with Ferrari with 91 race wins in his kitty is struggling to work up his magic with the Mercedes moniker. The former champ who is on a comeback after a three year lag hasn’t managed to start better than 6th in Bahrain and differs by a whopping 26 points when compared to his team-mate Nico Rosberg.
Nico has managed a podium finish so far and a front row start. As per Mercedes’ competition director Haug, Michael’s stint this time around will not be cut short because of his disappointing season this far. He believes that Michael is motivated enough to be successful for a long-term with Mercedes and he will start working his magic as far as his car does it for him.
His results until now haven’t been his fault and the experts know exactly the problem causing the whole “limitation”.
Michael Schumacher, the most successful driver in the history of F1 is still a competent threat to his rivals as per the new generation F1 drivers. He may be struggling this season with three bad races, but he will soon be back to his best. Nico Rosberg mentioned that he has the best team-mate he could ask for and Schumacher will soon get back to business. He has been out fort three years and that is a very long time and therefore a proper comeback will take time.
Nico gave his Mercedes team the first podium finish of the season as Schumacher again failed to impress. Michael himself believes that he is not a magician and he will require more races to get back the winning touch. He did acknowledge that he was pacing the car, but at the moment the car is not where he wants it to be. When he was a champion, he had the car to do it which is an important aspect.
The Mercedes unit is on schedule when it comes to developing a driver specified racer and soon the results will start getting better.
What do you guys think? Is Schumi still a threat to other pilots in Formula One?
As F1 pushes for better road safety measures, star F1 McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton was charged by the Victorian Police for exactly the opposite reasons. Lewis, the 2000 F1 champion was caught doing burnouts in his company car which is a silver 2010 E500 saloon. Lewis was pulled over by a Victorian Police divisional van and he will now be summoned for an improper use of a motor vehicle. His vehicle was also impounded for 48 hours but the officer on duty did appreciate the Briton’s co-operation. Lewis issued an immediate apology to team McLaren condemning his act, while he was terribly worried about denting his repute and he was visibly upset.