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Posted Aug 16, 2010 by Weekend Round-Up
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Schumacher Blames The Car – In a move that hasn’t come as a massive shock to anyone, Formula One Legend Michael Schumacher has blamed his struggle to place in his comeback season squarely on the shoulders of the Mercedes car he is currently driving. Schumacher, who holds the world record for the most driver’s titles with seven, is currently only ninth in the tables, 56 points behind his team-mate Nico Rosberg. ‘There are reasons that the deficit is so great’ the German stated, referring presumably to the gap between Mercedes and the other constructors rather than the one between himself and his team-mate. The car itself, which has a tendency to understeer, was originally designed for Jenson Button before the Britain elected to move to McLaren. Because of this, Schumacher considers the car ‘not in harmony with the tyres, or also with us as the drivers’ Mercedes and Schumacher have now essentially turned all their focus onto the 2011 season, with the German stating that ‘We have to ensure that the (new) car blends correctly with the drivers, and we are on the right track to be competitive in 2011’. He concluded that the plan was to ‘go for titles’ – another unsurprising statement from possibly the most brutally competitive F1 driver of all time. Former Drivers Back Ferrari In 'Alonsogate' – Former drivers Nelson Piquet Jr and Gerhard Berger have both expressed their lack of surprise at Ferrari’s actions during the German Grand Prix. The constructor’s have created a lot of controversy by ordering Phillipe Massa to allow team-mate Fernando Alonso to over-take him and win the race: a move that is illegal in F1. Berger though, noted that Alonso was ‘clearly the better man in the team’ and that Ferrari president Luca di Montezemol was going to ‘play this card as hard as he can’ – meaning that all the attention would go on Alonso, being that the driver represented Ferrari’s best chance at being a world champion. Piquet agreed, stating that the constructor ‘will not miss an opportunity to give a driver the opportunity to close the gap to the championship leaders.’ On a lighter note - congratulations to Jenson Button and Nico Rosberg, both whom completed Olympic length triathlons this weekend, posting excellent times of 2h14m14s and 2h07m23s. The feat is all the more remarkable considering Button had been suffering from tonsillitis leading up to the race, and had been on a steady course of antibiotics! Our congratulations to both men.