Schumacher made most passes in 2011

F1 Fanatic round-up

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Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

Analysis: Schumacher top overtaker (Autosport)

Schumacher made 116 passes over the course of 2011. Sebastien Buemi was next with 114.

Vettel excited about new Red Bull (BBC)

“You try not to think consciously about yourself and your success and what you might have achieved. But then when you see you are now at the same step as these guys. It is hard to put into words.”

McLaren’s 50 Greatest Drivers No 14: Gerhard Berger (McLaren)

“In 1988 he was the only non-McLaren driver to win a race with a lucky victory at Monza ahead of team-mate Michele Alboreto.”

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Comment of the day

Prisoner Monkeys doesn’t buy Luca di Montezemolo’s explanation for Ferrari leaving FOTA:

Actions speak louder than words. Ferrari can say they left because they were tired of others having their own agenda ?ǣ but they have also threatened to leave the sport (and on more than one occasion) in an attempt to get their way with the sporting and technical regulations because they believe the sport cannot survive without them and that they other teams (and the FIA) will be too afraid of that happening.

So call me a cynic, but I?m not prepared to believe that Ferrari are championing the future of the sport.
Prisoner Monkeys

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On this day in F1

Giancarlo Baghetti was born on this day in 1935.

Baghetti made history in 1961 by winning his first ever world championship Grand Prix, for Ferrari at Reims that year. He died in 1995.

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43 comments on Schumacher made most passes in 2011

  1. djdaveyp85 (@djdaveyp87) said on 25th December 2011, 5:09

    Merry Christmas Everybody!

  2. Journeyer (@journeyer) said on 25th December 2011, 5:11

    Merry Christmas to you and your families! :)

  3. verstappen (@verstappen) said on 25th December 2011, 7:47

    Vrolijk kerstfeest
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  4. naz3012 (@naz3012) said on 25th December 2011, 8:27

    Merry christmas to all! Obviously; a special mention has to go to keith; it’s been an absolute pleasure reading all the countless articles, analysis and round-ups every day of this year and the past few years too. I can’t begin to imagine the time, effort and hard work that you’ve put in to make F1 fanaric one of the best F1 websites around and you deserve a huge break and at least a drink on all of us :)
    So have a very merry christmas and the happiest of new years.
    And i don’t think any F1-fanatics will put me down for including them in this; so on behalf of us all, Thanks keith.

  5. ed24f1 (@ed24f1) said on 25th December 2011, 9:01

    I don’t understand the Autosport overtaking article, I thought that information was released a few weeks ago and we already knew that Schumacher topped that list?

  6. Fixy (@fixy) said on 25th December 2011, 9:09

    Merry Christmas @keithcollantine and all users!!

  7. DarthRaiden666 (@darthraiden666) said on 25th December 2011, 9:29

    Merry christmas all fellow F1 fans.

  8. Bleeps_and_Tweaks (@bleeps_and_tweaks) said on 25th December 2011, 10:32

    Merry Christmas Keith & all other F1F’s! Thank you again Keith for such a wonderful site.

  9. matt88 (@matt88) said on 25th December 2011, 11:10

    merry christmas dear F1Fanatics :)

  10. Yamashita said on 25th December 2011, 12:28

    Merry Christmas to all F1 lovers :)

  11. icemangrins (@icemangrins) said on 25th December 2011, 16:05

    Merry Christmas fella fanatics. It is great to come back to this site after 2 months with an interesting stat… 116 overtakes.

  12. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 25th December 2011, 19:07

    Couldb’t agree more with @prisoner-monkeys on the Ferrari, well, LdM issue. He’s just desperate. It’s pathetic. We will respect you much more if you keep your head down and play the game how it currently stands, not how you want it to.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 26th December 2011, 11:16

      I feel pretty much the same about it @andrewtanner and @prisoner-monkeys, Ferrari is doing things that they expect to work out best for them in the short term. How it will pan out for the sport, for other teams or even for Ferrari’s long term has little to do with it.

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 26th December 2011, 11:32

      Only half of Formula 1 is about beating your opponents on-track. The other half is about beating them in the rules – getting everyone else’s ideas banned whilst safeguarding your own. We saw that at Silverstone this year when all the manufacturers applied for consessions to the OTBD ban, with varying effects.

      For their part, Ferrari are better at playing the political game than anyone else, but I suspect Luca’s comments have more to do with a personal agenda. The comments themselves read like a rebuttal, but nobody is criticising the team. Over the past few days, he has said 1) that Ferrari withdrew from FOTA because they weren’t happy with secret agendas, 2a) that they did not insist that the FIA keep the OTBD ban, 2b) that the team willingly gave up any advantage gained from it for the good of the sport, and 3) has maintained that Formula 1 must stay in Europe. All of these happen to be politically-charged comments, and all of them coincide with Luca’s announcement that he will run for office in the 2013 general elections in Italy. So I think that his comments are meant to make headlines in Italy, to get people concentrating on what Ferrari is capable of politically. It’s not the first time he’s done it, either – he named the F150 Italia “to celebrate” one hundred and fifty years since Italy’s unification, but at the same time, it tied Ferrari in to the Italian national identity.

      So I’m revising my comments slightly: Luca isn’t out to make Ferrari look good – he’s out to make himself look good by way of Ferrari.

  13. Well, I had a smashing Christmas (Not literally this time) and I hope everyone here did as well!

    Thank you for this year and thank you for the next. Because unfortunately you all are stuck with me. :D

  14. F1Yankee (@f1yankee) said on 25th December 2011, 23:59

    woooo i just got home from dinner :)

    merry christmas

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