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(BBC)   Michael Schumacher has announced that he will retire from Formula 1 at the end of the season. He is reported to have used more gas to burn up more drivers than anyone in history   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 30
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2012-10-04 11:11:21 AM
Some say, he was born with two sets of eyes, and when he watches the pot on the stove, it boils instantly. All we know is he's called The Stig.
 
2012-10-04 11:18:31 AM
Not a surprise.
I'd say it was the end of an era, but that happened when he retired the first time. I wasn't going to work for him this time. Looking forward to seeing Hamilton in the Mercedes to see what he can squeeze out of the thing next season.
 
2012-10-04 11:18:45 AM
Never warmed to him. Thought he blatantly cheated on more than one occasion.

But I'll willingly concede that a big part of the reason I thoroughly disliked him and thought he was a cheat was that when he was at the peak of his powers he was virtually unbeatable. When you are that good you attract haters*.

Ten or twenty years from now I'll probably be missing him and telling youngsters who never saw him that they missed out big time.

/*although that being said, I've never come across a motorsport fan who disliked Valentino Rossi
 
2012-10-04 11:23:19 AM
Really hope he wins a race before the end of the season. Was my favorite (i.e. most dominant; I was a kid at the time) driver when I first started watching F1 as a kid in 1994.
 
2012-10-04 11:31:32 AM
I knew the Sauber rumor was too good to be true.

What's sad is he could be chasing a WDC this year, if not for all of his wrecks and retirements.
 
2012-10-04 11:39:51 AM
Senna was better.
 
2012-10-04 12:01:46 PM

Ed_Severson: Senna was better.


According to Michael Schumacher.
 
2012-10-04 12:07:36 PM

digistil: Really hope he wins a race before the end of the season. Was my favorite (i.e. most dominant; I was a kid at the time) driver when I first started watching F1 as a kid in 1994.


You picked a good year to start watching...Senna died that year.

I started watching in 89' but the mid 90's we're my favorite. Damon Hill was my favorite driver as was Williams-Renault for constructor but I always liked Schumacher in the Ferrari. Those two went at it for a couple of really good seasons.

I also really liked cheering for Minardi, I remember celebrating when they got a point in a race.

I don't watch it anymore though.
 
2012-10-04 12:11:41 PM

Lego_Addict: I don't watch it anymore though.


I blame Bernie.
 
2012-10-04 12:32:09 PM

Lego_Addict: I started watching in 89' but the mid 90's we're my favorite. Damon Hill was my favorite driver as was Williams-Renault for constructor but I always liked Schumacher in the Ferrari. Those two went at it for a couple of really good seasons.


I had a lot of respect for Hill, even though Schumacher was my favorite driver at the time. Hill had the Dale Jr. problem, but he succeeded and really came into his own. I'll never forget the first looks on Hill's face before they got back in their cars at Imola in 94. But those two had great battles, I remember a wet race at Silverstone where they were wheel-to-wheel in the final laps. Schumacher had great battles with Mika too, especially at Spa.

The peak of Schumacher's career seemed to coincide with a more interesting era for F1, whether it was the mix of driver talent or constructors, I don't know. I rarely watch a full race anymore.

I'll just remember Schumacher on the podium. He really seemed to relish his victories, and had a calmness during the anthem ceremonies. A little smile, deep breaths, sometimes closing his eyes and just savoring the moment.
 
2012-10-04 12:39:55 PM
I liked Schumacher before he retired the first time. When he came back, he didn't race like the same driver he was before. I don't know if the motorcycle accident ruined his nerve or just the different team and car made the difference.

I'm a fan of Hamilton these days.
 
2012-10-04 01:05:54 PM

Ed_Severson: Senna was better.


Also, grass is green.
 
2012-10-04 01:21:28 PM

Ed_Severson: Senna was better.


Which goes for everyone, not just Schumi.
 
2012-10-04 01:47:51 PM

King Something: Lego_Addict: I don't watch it anymore though.

I blame Bernie.


He's a worst human being than he is a manager. I hate to say something like this but I can't wait until he passes since he won't retire.

lunchinlewis: Lego_Addict: I started watching in 89' but the mid 90's we're my favorite. Damon Hill was my favorite driver as was Williams-Renault for constructor but I always liked Schumacher in the Ferrari. Those two went at it for a couple of really good seasons.

I had a lot of respect for Hill, even though Schumacher was my favorite driver at the time. Hill had the Dale Jr. problem, but he succeeded and really came into his own. I'll never forget the first looks on Hill's face before they got back in their cars at Imola in 94. But those two had great battles, I remember a wet race at Silverstone where they were wheel-to-wheel in the final laps. Schumacher had great battles with Mika too, especially at Spa.

The peak of Schumacher's career seemed to coincide with a more interesting era for F1, whether it was the mix of driver talent or constructors, I don't know. I rarely watch a full race anymore.

I'll just remember Schumacher on the podium. He really seemed to relish his victories, and had a calmness during the anthem ceremonies. A little smile, deep breaths, sometimes closing his eyes and just savoring the moment.


It was a good time in F1, probably the last good times, one can argue.

Mika was a great driver, he's very underatted in my opinion. People argue that it was the McLaren car in the late 90's but he was doing great even before McLaren. I loved the McLaren-Ferrari rivalry, it was the only thing keeping me watching at the end of the decade.

Schumacher loved himself so much lol, still, a great personality and driver for F1. Probably one of the best representatives for his sport in the World.
 
2012-10-04 01:56:28 PM
His comeback with Mercedes was just sad. Mercedes isn't a top flight team and Schumacher wasn't even the best driver on the team.
 
2012-10-04 03:15:17 PM

Trapper439: Never warmed to him. Thought he blatantly cheated on more than one occasion.

But I'll willingly concede that a big part of the reason I thoroughly disliked him and thought he was a cheat was that when he was at the peak of his powers he was virtually unbeatable. When you are that good you attract haters*.

Ten or twenty years from now I'll probably be missing him and telling youngsters who never saw him that they missed out big time.

/*although that being said, I've never come across a motorsport fan who disliked Valentino Rossi


That's because Rossi is one of the nicest guys in sports.

Schumi on the other hand.... Not sad to see him go. Again.
 
2012-10-04 03:24:36 PM

Trapper439:

/*although that being said, I've never come across a motorsport fan who disliked Valentino Rossi


I can think of one...

t2.gstatic.com
 
2012-10-04 03:26:29 PM

cgraves67: I liked Schumacher before he retired the first time. When he came back, he didn't race like the same driver he was before. I don't know if the motorcycle accident ruined his nerve or just the different team and car made the difference.

I'm a fan of Hamilton these days.


oryx: His comeback with Mercedes was just sad. Mercedes isn't a top flight team and Schumacher wasn't even the best driver on the team.


Schumacher was hurt by the limiting of on-track testing. Most teams use simulators now, and Schumi has admitted he suffers from simulator sickness.
 
2012-10-04 03:30:46 PM

Lego_Addict: It was a good time in F1, probably the last good times, one can argue.


I'd say things are pretty good now, three top shelf teams, a few more teams nipping at their heels, exciting races.
 
2012-10-04 03:52:46 PM

Lego_Addict: King Something: Lego_Addict: I don't watch it anymore though.

I blame Bernie.

He's a worst human being than he is a manager. I hate to say something like this but I can't wait until he passes since he won't retire.


Sad that that's the only way he'll leave F1, but it'll mean less races on Tilkedromes and more races on actual race tracks.
 
2012-10-04 05:07:29 PM
www.panicposters.com
 
2012-10-04 05:34:49 PM
F1 was great in the 90s, when they started all of the changes to try to shut down Schumi, the group lost its luster a bit. Senna was the better driver no question. I wonder how much of the races have become to dependent on technology and electronics.

I do not think that Ferrari was the best team, but they spent the most money and built everything around Schumi. He should have stayed retired the first time, but I guess the Mercedes and German pride and money were too much to resist.
 
2012-10-04 06:27:34 PM

IVE SEEN THIS MOVIE BEFORE SOMEPLACE

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2012-10-04 06:33:39 PM

WhyteRaven74: Lego_Addict: It was a good time in F1, probably the last good times, one can argue.

I'd say things are pretty good now, three top shelf teams, a few more teams nipping at their heels, exciting races.


Haven't watched F1 in years so you may very well be right, my comment was based on nostalgia and wasn't correct.
 
2012-10-04 09:27:30 PM
Maybe he can take Nelson Piquet Jr's truck ride next year.
 
2012-10-04 10:48:39 PM

Lego_Addict: WhyteRaven74: Lego_Addict: It was a good time in F1, probably the last good times, one can argue.

I'd say things are pretty good now, three top shelf teams, a few more teams nipping at their heels, exciting races.

Haven't watched F1 in years so you may very well be right, my comment was based on nostalgia and wasn't correct.


There's a race this Saturday night if you want to watch - the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka, very early Sunday morning at 2AM Eastern/Saturday night at 11PM Pacific
 
2012-10-05 08:02:00 AM
You know who else used gas to get rid of his opposition??
 
2012-10-05 09:51:47 AM

good_2_go: Maybe he can take Nelson Piquet Jr's truck ride next year.


In the truck races? That'd be awesome. I'd love to at see him be a ringer at Watkins Glen in a Cup or Nationwide car.
 
2012-10-07 02:19:38 AM
LOL @ the start to the JPGP
 
2012-10-07 04:01:32 AM
That's that I guess...

GRO should have his superlicense yanked. Too bad there's no points system on those.

Poor Perez, got caught up in trying to prove he was better than the man he's replacing and overreached. Icarus springs to mind.

Good for Kamui!

Vettel looks a shoo-in for the championship... all he needs to do is not fark up and slightly outrun a slower car.
 
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