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Lewis Hamilton continues Mercedes domination of Formula One, but the Chinese got it all wrong

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I will admit it folks, I have been a bit out of touch with Formula One the last few months, mainly due to work pressure and the fact that cable in the United States costs a bomb. That would somewhat explain my lack of updating the blog with the latest formula one happenings as the name of the blog and the slogan suggest.

Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, China.
Sunday 20 April 2014.
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG, celebrates on the podium as Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG sprays champagne.
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Lewis Hamilton won the Chinese Grand Prix today, with Germany’s Nico Rosberg in tow to complete yet another Mercedes GP 1-2. This is the third 1-2 the pair have delivered this season out of the total 4 races.  Fernando Alonso clinched 3rd place for Ferrari finishing the podium followed by the Red Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo and current World Champion Sebastien Vettel.

However this race would not necessarily be remembered for Lewis’s victory but for blunders by Chinese Race officials including showing the chequered flag a good 2 laps before the end of the race. No one still knows what happened there and why the official was in such a hurry to end the race, but according to FIA rules, the race ended there and the next 2 laps did not have any consequence on the race classification.

This meant that a certain backmarker who had made a maneuver to overtake for the 17th place was robbed of his rightful position. The victim was Kamui Kobayashi who had made the pass on Jules Bianchi.

The particular FIA rule under article 43.2 states :

“Should for any reason the end-of-race signal be given before the leading car completes the scheduled number of laps, or the prescribed time has been completed, the race will be deemed to have finished when the leading car last crossed the line before the signal was given.”

This was not the only error in the race, there were more. A number of blue flags as per other media reports were also waved incorrectly for many drivers.

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April 20th, 2014 at 7:43 pm

Michael Schumacher in critical condition after skiing accident

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Its been a long time since we updated the blog, but we have some sad news to share, Michael Schumacher is in critical condition after meeting with an accident while skiing on the French Alps. The seven time world champion who is often considered the greatest ever Formula One driver suffered brain trauma and is said to be in a coma currently.

He had been airlifted to a French hospital in Grenoble where Gerard Saillant who is supposed to be Paris’s top neurosurgeon has taken over the treatment. Schumacher was reportedly enjoying a break with his son at the Meribel resort. A statement made by his agent indicated that he was wearing a helmet :

‘Michael fell on his head during a private ski trip in the French Alps.

‘He was hospitalised and is receiving medical care. We ask for your understanding that we cannot give a running commentary on his state of health.

He was wearing a helmet and was not alone.’

Here is hoping for a speedy recovery !

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December 30th, 2013 at 4:41 am

Michael Schumacher sees German successor in Sebastien Vettel

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Michael Schumacher Korea 2012 MErcedes GP

Michael Schumacher just a few races away from the end of his career proclaimed that he sees the next big German F1 driver in Sebastien Vettel. He went on to call the young German the new Mr.F1 from Germany. Speaking to a German newspaper he was quoted as saying :

"I also think he will win this year’s title, he has the right conditions for it.

"In the long term, I think he should go on to become Germany’s Mister Formula One."

Speaking about his retirement, the German cautioned others into following his example and returning from retirement :

"There has to be some sense behind it. I have seen examples where people return and are hopelessly out-driven," Schumacher said.

"To get confirmation that you are no longer good enough is of course a negative thing.

"So I wouldn’t like to motivate anyone to try it and throw themselves into their own misfortune."

"Mercedes made it clear that they wanted to keep working with me," he said.

Schumacher also admitted that the experience has changed him from a behavioral standpoint but as a person he is still the same.

"Yes and no. As a person, I am still the same as before, but I’ve learned to be more open and not to despair of the difficult situations, but to understand them," he said.

"It has given me a certain looseness that people have noticed.

"I am still the same person I was, but I have taken the blinkers off with which I used to walk through the pit lanes."

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October 25th, 2012 at 7:22 pm

Michael Schumacher thanks Indian fans for overwhelming support at Indian Grand Prix

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The German legend on the eve of his last Indian Grand Prix (unless there is another comeback) thanked the Indian Grand Prix fans for the super support he got last year and asked for similar support this year too.

“Last year we had a full house. We had so much support during the first race and that was pretty unique. I don’t remember any other new country we explored with Formula One that got so much following. So I want to say thank you to all the fans that supported us last year and will hopefully do the same this year.”

“In India, I never thought I would be this popular. Before coming here for the first time, I thought only a small group of fans would know me. But the support is everywhere and it is definitely quite touching. The emotions run high for fans here,” said Schumacher.

The German made is clear though that he wont be coming back to the sport.

“I don’t want to think about the future but there won’t be a third comeback for sure.”

 

The good thing was the German didn’t seem repentant upon reentering the sport.

“In total, the legacy still remains. I became a more experienced driver being in tough situations. I made some close friends and now I want to move on.”

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October 25th, 2012 at 7:13 pm

Lewis Hamilton replaces Michael Schumacher at Mercedes GP, Is it the end of the road for Michael ?

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Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP Singapore 2012

In an expected move the Mercedes GP team announced the signing of young Briton Lewis Hamilton ending speculation about Michael Schumacher renewing with the Mercedes GP unit. Lewis Hamilton ofcourse didn’t show any loyalty to the team that trained him as a kid (McLaren Mercedes) and pretty much gifted him a formula one seat. But that’s a story for another day.

So why did Mercedes not sign Michael Schumacher on for another season and what does the future hold for him ?

Mercedes decision to go ahead with Lewis Hamilton is linked to Michael’s indecisiveness on renewing his Mercedes contract. No doubt Mercedes wanted to renew his contract, just that Michael and his camp were showing disinterest. And in a sport that moves as fast as formula one, that can be a crime. So Mercedes covered their butts by signing a good driver in Lewis Hamilton and now potentially leaving Michael with an embarrassing end to his comeback.

At the start of the season, many of  F1 who’s who, including Bernie Ecclestone and Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn had predicted Michael Schumacher to win not only races in the 2012 season but the formula one driver’s championship. Sadly 14 races into the season, the F1 veteran has failed to finish 50% of the time. To his credit around 5 times it  has been something which was not his fault. But still the statistics on paper look pretty bad.

But does that mean Michael Schumacher should quit formula one and not risk another season ? Hell No ! , Michael is driving pretty well, many a times you can see its the car which is the limiting factor and not the driver. The person who put his legacy on the time by coming back from retirement needs a better ending to formula one.

Ofcourse it would be hard to match his previous career stint , but it doesn’t mean he shouldn’t try. Sauber has expressed interest in signing on the ace German and as his fans we can only hope that he accepts the offer. Whatever the future holds, here is one Schumacher fan who would love him forever :)

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October 2nd, 2012 at 2:44 pm