F1 Fanatic round-up
In the round-up: Nico Rosberg says he hopes Michael Schumacher will stay at Mercedes.
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“With Michael it works well, so I’ll be glad if he stays on next year. We also push the team together very well.”
McLaren technical director Paddy Lowe: “It is our assumption that they are the drivers who we will be fielding next year. We have two fantastic drivers in Lewis and Jenson and we are very keen to keep them.”
Lowe: “We are in the great position that we can qualify well at the moment. That is proving to be a strong benefit relative to our race pace, which is relatively weaker. Last year the opposite was the case where we had very strong race pace, which made it very tough.”
“Seven-time Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher has signed up for the 2012 Race Of Champions in Bangkok, Thailand.”
“Unfortunately, I have come out [retired] a couple of times – or been taken out – and we have had a lot of pit stop problems but no reliability problems.”
— Daniel Ricciardo (@danielricciardo) September 19, 2012
Arrived in Singapore. You can straight feel the heat and the humidity whilst going out of the airport ! Looking forward to drive the track
— Romain Grosjean (@RGrosjean) September 19, 2012
— F1 Fanatic (@f1fanatic_co_uk) September 19, 2012
Comment of the day
More thoughts on Schumacher’s future from @PhilEReid:
In all the races that Schumacher has finished, he’s always finished in the points. If only the reliability of the car had been better for him. It actually puts him as one of two drivers to, when finish, finish in the points (along with Alonso), which is quite remarkable if I do say so.
It’s also ‘nice’ to see him out doing Rosberg, as that’s always been a struggle. Where would he be had he been able to finish (granted it was his own fault for not finishing at Catalunya. For one they’d (Mercedes) would be further away from Sauber. Granted they probably wouldn’t be challenging the top four, but they’d pretty much be confirmed 5th at least.
It’s just quite an interesting thing to see, as I’d never really seen it before. It’d be nice if this continued for Michael going into next year, or for him to get a win this year. That would be quite a special moment in F1.
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On this day in F1
Alain Prost beat Jackie Stewart’s record of Grand Prix wins 25 years ago today.
Stewart’s tally of 27 victories had stood for 14 years until Prost scored his 28th career win in the Portuguese Grand Prix.
Prost took the win after Gerhard Berger spun with three laps to go.
Nelson Piquet collected third place while team mate Nigel Mansell retired with electrical problem. As Ayrton Senna also failed to score, Piquet extended his lead in the drivers’ championship.
Here are the final laps of the race and Berger’s dramatic spin:
Image © Daimler/Hoch Zwei