Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Silverstone, 2012

Mercedes waiting for Schumacher decision

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Silverstone, 2012In the round-up: Ross Brawn says Mercedes won’t look for another driver until they know what Michael Schumacher’s plans are.

Race commentary debut

This weekend I’m going to be doing live television commentary on motor racing for the first time.

I’ll be covering International GT Open and European F3 Open alongside regular lead commentator Ben Evans.

The whole thing will be broadcast live online so if you want to you can watch along on Saturday and Sunday. See here for details of when and where it’s on:


Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

Brawn confident Schumacher will stay (Sporting Life)

“We are focused on Michael for as long as it takes, and whatever it takes. Then we will see where we are elsewhere.”

Red Bull: No fears over team harmony (Autosport)

Christian Horner: “There is a genuine respect between the two of them. Sebastian [Vettel] has achieved so much in such a short space of time, but he knows in Mark [Webber] that he has got a very genuine competitor. And Mark knows that Sebastian is the benchmark, or has been the benchmark for the last few years.”

Andre Simon (Joe Saward)

“Andre Simon has died at the age of 92. The Frenchman was one of the mainstays of the Gordini team in the 1950s, but also drove for Mercedes-Benz.”

Silverstone: Flushing away goodwill (GrandPrix)

“The most unacceptable bit was the toilets. There were just five Portaloos. You tried not to use them but, eventually, you had no choice. They were disgusting and, as far as I could see, they weren’t cleaned over the weekend. No effort had been made to place them on a hard-standing area. And there were no washing facilities at all. The whole thing had to be a health hazard. I won’t begin to describe what it was like – except to say it was an affront to everyone’s dignity.”

F1 diary: British Grand Prix (The Telegraph)

“I leave hoping the day’s events won’t expose Silverstone to too brutal a backlash. The circuit management can’t be blamed for the weather ?ǣ and it’s not the only sporting venue affected: quite a few horse race meetings have been culled and Wimbledon only escapes because centre court has a retractable lid.”

The Bulls vs the Prancing Horses (ESPN)

Karun Chandhok: “You really get the feeling that nine races in, Lotus should have had at least a couple of wins under their belt, with a car that clearly has very good pace on a variety of circuits.”

Games remind F1 great Stewart of rare failure (Reuters)

“When triple Formula One world champion Jackie Stewart thinks of the Olympics, it brings back memories of the biggest disappointment of an otherwise glorious sporting career.”

From lapper to rapper for Lewis Hamilton (The Sun)

“F1 ace seals recording deal on night out with US star J Cole.”

Comment of the day

Sinnr says F1’s popularity won’t improve in America until it has better television coverage:

We also need better TV coverage. We are bombarded by endless commercials and idiotic comments sometimes. I watch on line and record the coverage here. It?s amazing how much we miss because of so many interruptions. Also the coverage on Fox is pre-recorded. […]

I will be going to Austin come November. There are more fans of Formula 1 here than it’s made out to be. I was at the last race at Indianapolis and I met fans that, like me, drove all the way from Atlanta and Miami. There is an F1 following here, real die-hard fans, who get no respect.

From the forum

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On this day in F1

Jacques Villeneuve won the British Grand Prix today in 1997.

ITV had taken over the F1 broadcasts in the UK that year and for their home race they introduced an innovation: Martin Brundle’s first grid walk:

Image ?? Mercedes/Hoch Zwei

72 comments on “Mercedes waiting for Schumacher decision”

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  1. Congratulations on the commentary gig, good luck!

  2. Good luck, Keith!

  3. I’ve just read that Spa has a three year deal “in principle” :-)

  4. So Hamilton is involving himself in the music industry? This souds (excuse the pun) like it could be hilarious. He looks fairly wasted on those pics from The Sun article :D

    As far as I’m concerned Schumacher should be treated like any other driver on the grid. Yes, he’s not getting any younger, but he’s certainly not getting any worse. He’s had terrible luck this year but still managed to deliver when he’s had the opportunity.

    Lotus really ought to bag a victory and soon. They have a fantastic car, definitely in the top 3 at the moment. It seems thie ractual race execution leaves a lot to be desired unfortunately which is frustrating because both drivers are more than capable of winning a race. Grosjean is a rookie but he’s taken to F1 (for the second time) like a duck to water.

    1. Going for the tabloid side of the story he is so wasted in that picture I`m surprise he can walk.

      I`m in no position to judge what is good or bad for a professional sportman, but hearing how Bradley Wiggins didn`t even go to his son birthday party and haven`t have a drink in a year is leave a lot to say about his preparation…

  5. jimscreechy (@)
    13th July 2012, 15:10

    Schumacher really needs to hang up his gloves now. Even given the unfortunate mishaps of the season he’s been fairly securely trumped by Rosberg who is admittedly a very good driver, but not what I would call a ‘great’ F1 talent.

    Pushing mid-forties his results are only going to get worse not better! The margins of response time, stamina and muscular precision that were with him in youth are dropping but the tiny but essential percntages that distinguish the young from the aging and merely good from the exceptional. He can harp on as much as he wants about desire, passion and commitment, but all that doesn’t amount to a hill of beans when your not scoring points because you no longer have what it takes… and please note, I am not saying he never did, seven world championships is no small feat, its just that age does more cruel things to the body than it does to the mind… or at least certainly it does them faster. I remember my grandpa at 80 saying he felt like a young man trapped in an old mans body, but he wasn’t so stupid to believe just becuase he felt that way he could challenge me in a head to head on the tennis court. The sooner Schumi realises his day has passed the better. Ross Brawn and Norbert Haug need to stop feeding his deluded ego (and their own romatic nostalgic memories) and tell it to him straight.

    1. @jimscreechy.
      IMO, if MS dint had all his misfortunes this season ; NR wouldnt have trumped MS this season. Probably MS would have been third or fourth in current’s driver standing and with 11 races left in this season , who knows MS would have got his 8th title. He has not lost all of his skills and this even SV recognize . No one is feeding his deluded ego , it is his passion , his commitment towards the sport which is giving him strength to continue despite being 43. If Merc want to win a WDC, they need Schumi and not Rosberg . Rosberg cant give those vital inputs which are required to move a middle pack running car to a front running car .

      1. a fact people dont see

        last 2 races have been trouble free for MS and look how many points MS scored in comparison to NR . MS just needs a reliable car and he will deliver you championship . Just like his early days at ferrari , a team which was going no where when he arrived and then won consecutively from 2000 – 2004 . Mercedes will win if they give MS some time and also reliable car .

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