Schuey's F1 Return...
Michael Schumacher has returned to Formula One action for the first time in more than three years on the first day of winter testing in Valencia.
After less than 20 laps, Schumacher was already faster than his Mercedes GP team mate Nico Rosberg and ended the day more than half a second quicker than Rosberg. Schumacher finished the day third out of eight runners and less than four tenths of a second slower than Ferrari's Felipe Massa.
Of the 13 teams on this year’s grid, seven took part today in Spain.
Teams have been banned from testing since last November’s race in Abu Dhabi and they have 41 days to prepare for the new season, which kicks off in Bahrain on 14 March.
Renault, Toro Rosso and Sauber all showed off their new cars in the past 24 hours and were at today’s test. Ferrari, Williams, Mercedes and McLaren, who revealed their cars last week, also ran.
Force India and Red Bull have both opted out of this test and will instead run later this month in Jerez and Barcelona. New teams Campos, Lotus, US F1 and Virgin Racing are all expected to test by the end of this month.
Unofficial times from today's running:
1. Massa Ferrari 1:12.574
2. de la Rosa BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1:12.784
3. M.Schumacher Mercedes GP 1:12.947
4. Rosberg Mercedes GP 1:13.543
5. Paffett McLaren-Mercedes 1:13.846
6. Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:14.449
7. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:14.762
8. Kubica Renault 1:15.000
The first picture is Schumacher.
whats the crazy looking antenna on the Ferrari for?! that's hardly a permanent addition is it?
And with the 458 Italia in Forza 3, they can practice with a car that Schumi helped develope :steeringwheel:
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Seems like Ferrari and Schumacher's relationship is good....
Michael Schumacher returned to Ferrari's motor home on Tuesday.
The seven time world champion's friend and former teammate Felipe Massa revealed that Schumacher, 41, stopped by for lunch during the break from testing at the Valencia circuit.
"What we said to each other? Nothing in particular," said the 28-year-old Brazilian.
"We're friends and we're talking quite often to each other: today I think he was just homesick for our motor home, because we have the better food here than anywhere else in the world of formula one," Massa smiled.
Ferrari confirmed that Schumacher ate a plate of spaghetti aglio, olio and peperoncino prepared by the team's famous chef Carmine.
Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport reported that Schumacher brought along his doctor Johannes Peil.
"Ferrari has already won over Mercedes in the culinary challenge," said the newspaper.
Massa would not be drawn on how the new Ferrari and Mercedes cars shape up, but third party Rubens Barrichello admitted after Tuesday's running: "Ferrari seemed very good."
Ok I'm going to stick my neck out here, I hope MS gets his a**e kicked by the 2 Ferrari boys, specially Massa.:steeringwheel: Maybe I'm just bitter and twisted but I can't help feel that he's going for payback for being 'retired' to early by Ferrari and Bernie E. He could have got his spoke in once they knew Rikinonononon was on his way out and got fit for this year. I think this going to Merc because the 3 car story didn't happen is very weak.
Having said that I've always supported the team over any driver as I believe that yes the driver is an extremely important element but ultimately is only as good as team built around him.
And anyway I don't want to see my beloved Ferrari defeated.
Only my humble opinion from watching F1 since the late 60's :hide:
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