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    He will surely ask Schuey to be godfather…

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    @kingshark yes it’s pretty striking, I raised it a couple of weeks back – http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/groups/f1/forum/topic/vettel-vs-schumacher/, if you had a quiz about a German F1 champion and their specific accomplishments, you’d be forgiven for confusing the two.

    Not to mention Vettel qualifying seventh at his first race as Schumacher did.

    Now all that awaits is Vettel’s fifth title even if it’s out of sequence to Schumacher and they will truly be mirror images of each other.

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    @npf1 “Schumacher never was an amazing qualifier…” just the record 68 pole positions, nothing special! Otherwise I tend to agree with you.

    As for taking credit, Schu wouldn’t say he is responsible for Rosberg’s emergence, but his input into the development of the W04 last season has certainly had a significant impact on Rosberg being the man to beat on Saturdays…

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    @todfod imagine had Schu kept his Monaco pole and gone on to a probable victory, then take away his mechanical failures which seemingly occurred at every race in the first half of the season, he would have been right up there.

    As you point out maybe not top three, but certainly he would have been as high up as was possible bearing the many constraints of the W03, as for this season, who knows what he might have been capable of…

    @journeyer I believe Rosberg is revelling as the old hand at Merc, and as you say, he undoubtedly learnt some invaluable lessons from his time alongside Schu.

    If anything he could take some credit for Nico’s form this season.

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    I’d give Grosjean until the summer break to up his game otherwise time’s up, in which case – draft Valsecchi in for experience, or perhaps Kovalainen if they want a proven hand to pick up valuable constructors’ points…

    Thinking outside the square, what if – presuming Kimi is RBR bound next season, Ricciardo replaces Grosjean at Lotus prior to Spa, and da Costa takes his place at Toro Rosso?

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    I’ve been a fan since I was seven in 1998 as a Schumacher fan.

    I have to say 1998, even with Hakkinen triumphing – his battles with Schuey were epic, is hard to beat, it had all the hallmarks of one of the classic seasons of all time as far as a head-to-head battle.

    2000 followed a similar trajectory to ’98, albeit concluding in Schu’s favour, and of course it was the first Ferrari drivers’ title in twenty-one years, marking it in many ways superior to ’98.

    2003 was a vintage season, it was open, it had the Michelin tyre controversy and there’s no doubting it was Schumacher’s most hard fought title – he had to dig deep.

    2010 is on par with ’03, the Red Bull rivalry, the debates about the RB6 front-wing flexibility, a few races with rain, it had it all.

    2007 was scandalous from round one – Alonso v Hamilton, Spygate… and there were three drivers fighting for the title going into the last race, no doubting Kimi deserved the crown that year.

    2006 was reminiscent of the Hakkinen v Schumacher era, and it was Schuey’s last season (for the time being), and the mass damper controversy really spiced things up.

    2012 promised to be the greatest, but the fact Red Bull aka Vettel pulled away significantly in the final third of the season means it lost some of its sparkle, slightly redeemed by the final races.

    Even as a Schumacher fan, as an eleven-year old in ’02 and thirteen-year old in ’04 – his utter dominance was great, but in hindsight does not sit well.

    Ranking from 1998-2012

    1. 2000
    = 1998
    3. 2003
    = 2010
    5. 2012
    6. 2007
    7. 2006
    8. 2008
    9. 2005
    10. 2009
    11. 1999
    12. 2001
    13. 2002
    14. 2011
    15. 2004

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    Hulkenberg himself might even be regretting leaving Force India, their own pace at recent races, coupled with this $80 million investment promised by Mr Mallya, does confuse the situation even further!

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    True @keithcollantine, but stranger things have happened in Formula One.

    Who would have thought Schumacher would even come back in the first place? Until Massa, Hulkenberg or di Resta is confirmed for 2013, anything is possible!

    A move to Sauber on the other hand, in many ways would be more poetic than his return with Mercedes or a return to Ferrari, given he raced for Peter Sauber in sports cars immediately prior to Belgium ’91…

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    1998 French GP. Ferrari one-two, Schumacher victory. What an intro to F1, I’ve been a diehard fan of his ever since. Went to the Australian GP at home earlier that year but I had no interest then, something just clicked and since mid-98 I’ve missed maybe half a dozen races for reasons out of my control.

    Lost a bit of interest when Schumacher retired in 06, since his comeback I’m more engrossed in F1 than I ever was, probably due to the fact that I was still a kid when he was winning championships with Ferrari.

    I’ll never forget getting up in the middle of the night, those were the days…

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    @keithcollantine and @estesark the piece was written firmly tongue in cheek! The situation for Schumacher has become so farcical that this notion could be raised as a bit of a joke , it was never intended to be serious! If Schuey was sacked mid-season, I’d stop watching Formula One!

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    @prisoner-monkeys the piece was written with a grain of salt… Simply making a point of how comical Schuey’s woes have been this season! He is driving as well as ever, that’s why I couldn’t understand why Mercedes would do anything to encourage his retirement.

    #203558
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    Interesting theory on Schuey’s woes? http://real-motorsport.com/2012/06/12/schumi-sabotaged/

    #199832
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    At least we have Mark Webber to thank for restoring live F1 coverage across Australia… It’s not in HD in the eastern states, but it’s a start! One victory at a time, excuse the pun!

    http://real-motorsport.com/2012/04/27/australia-salutes-mark-webber/

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