Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Barcelona, 2012

Schumacher expects closer competition in 2012

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Barcelona, 2012
Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Barcelona, 2012

In the round-up: Michael Schumacher says “the gap between the several teams will not be as big” in 2012.

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Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

Michael’s preview to the season (Michael Schumacher)

“I do not have a clear picture yet. What we can say though is that the gap between the several teams will not be as big as it has been last year.”

Red Bull: Exhaust set-up not on the edge (Autosport)

Christian Horner: “We are happy that we comply with the regulations. Ultimately it is a matter for the scrutineers and the FIA, as they have more knowledge and sight. Teams only ever get to see photographs; the FIA gets to see the cars close up in reality.”

Webber keen to beat Vettel in qualifying (Canberra Times)

“If Seb’s dominating that pole position, it gives him a very strong position to tee the race up, so he needs to drop the consistency of that. If I can put myself in that front position and get to that first pit stop first, that makes things a lot easier within our own little battle.”

Jaime Alguersuari via Twitter

“Hey guys just to clarify some things. I am here because I still want to compete. I don’t imagine myself without competing. This has been my life since I was eight years old. I am at the BBC Radio 5 [temporarily] because I want to come back racing. BBC was the only one to believe in me. Thank you.”

F1 builder says Austin track will be ready by November (Austin-American Statesman)

Tilke Gmbh managing partner Peter Wahl: “I can already say we will be ready earlier than November. I’m sure it will meet all the requirements of Formula One… It will be one of the best tracks in the world.”

France ready for Grand Prix (Sky)

“France’s Sports Minister David Douillet says the country is ready to stage a Formula One race in 2013 and the only hold-up is from their Belgium counterparts.”

Felipe charges his batteries in Sao Paulo (Ferrari)

“I won?t hide the fact that we are not 100 percent satisfied with what we have done in these three test sessions in Spain and I would have preferred to be a bit quicker. We have a totally new car and we must still learn about it and get all its potential out of it.”

Comment of the day

Andy G on why solving the problem of letting lapped cars past the safety car isn’t as easy as it first seems:

For all those saying that the cars on the lead lap should just overtake those who aren?t behind the safety car, there is a large problem that would make this unfair. Here?s a hypothetical scenario (and it would happen more often than you think):

Perez and Di Resta are in ninth and tenth and are battling it out. Vettel, in the lead, comes round to lap them, gets past Di Resta, and then the safety car comes out.

So the order behind the safety is Vettel, Di Resta, (several cars), and Perez at the back. If you let all the cars on the lead lap overtake all the cars who have been lapped, then Perez will lap Di Resta! Not exactly fair for two cars who were fighting it out moments ago to now have a one-lap gap between them.

In short, this rule would be massively unfair on all the cars that the leader has just lapped before the SC came out. Essentially if you have been lapped by the lead car, you have now also been lapped by every car who also hasn’t been lapped by the lead car. It will ruin the race of many, and in effect create a lap split between the entire field.
Andy G

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