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Rabu, 07 Maret 2012

Leave Out All The Rest

Race 16: Korea (16 Oktober 2011) 
Menjelang GP Korea, kemungkinan Schumi untuk pertama kalinya berhasil mengalahkan total perolehan poin dari rekan setimnya mengemuka, terlebih usai GP Jepang, poin Schumi hanya selisih tiga poin saja dari Rosberg, dan menilai dari penampilan Schumi di sesi latihan bebas, bukannya tak mungkin juara dunia tujuh kali ini akhirnya berhasil mengalahkan peroleh poin rekan setimnya ini. Meski begitu, Schumi memilih tak menghiraukan selisih poin antara dirinya dengan Rosberg. Di hadapan wartawan, Schumi menyatakan ia tak hirau dengan apakah poinnya akhirnya bisa berada di depan rekan setimnya atau tidak. Yang lebih penting baginya adalah kinerja timnya yang berada di arah yang tepat sehingga mereka bisa mendapatkan mobil yang benar-benar mumpuni. 

Sayangnya harapan tinggal harapan. Alih-alih berhasil meraih poin, Schumi malah gagal melanjutkan balapan akibat ditabrak Vitaly Petrov dari Renault. Hasil yang amat mengecewakan, padahal seharusnya Schumi bisa kembali memetik hasil positif terlebih start Schumi lagi-lagi amat bagus. Ia start dari posisi 12 tapi di akhir lap pertama, posisinya sudah naik ke urutan sepuluh besar. 

Penampilan pebalap yang telah 91 kali meraih kemenangan GP sepanjang karirnya di F1 ini terus membaik dan bahkan sempat berada di depan Alonso setelah pit pertama. Dan tengah ia menikmati balapannya sementara Alonso dan Petrov tengah bertarung di belakangnya, tiba-tiba saja Petrov yang niatnya ingin menyalip Alonso tapi malah menabrak Michael Schumacher tengah memasuki tikungan, balapan Schumi pun terpaksa berakhir. Selisih poin antara dirinya dengan rekan setimnya yang semula tinggal berjarak tiga poin pun kembali melebar. Atas kesalahan Petrov ini maka pebalap asal Rusia itu dikenai hukuman turun 5 grid saat start di balapan selanjutnya yaitu di India. 

Free Practice 1: 
Schumacher : 1st (2:02.784) 
Rosberg : 8th (2:04.311)

Free Practice 2: 
Schumacher : 14th (1:54.965) 
Rosberg : 8th (1:53.914)

Michael Schumacher’s Friday Quotes : 
Michael Schumacher (14th, 1:54.965): "Today was one of those Fridays where most of what you do is race preparation, knowing that the conditions will probably be totally different when it comes to Sunday. Through both practice sessions, it was too wet to use dry tyres, while the forecast for the rest of weekend is dry. However you can learn a lot about the car and how it works on the track, and that is what we were doing most of the time today. We now have to look deep into the data we gathered and try to work out the best way to approach the rest of the weekend." 

Free Practice 3: 
Schumacher : 6th (1:39.559) 
Rosberg : 10th (1:39.743) 

Qualifying: 
Schumacher : 12th (1:38.354) 
Rosberg : 7th (1:37.754)

Michael Schumacher’s Saturday Quotes: 
Michael Schumacher (12th, 1:38.354): "To start with the positives of today's qualifying, I have saved two fresh sets of option tyres which is always helpful. On the other hand, it was obviously a pity what happened. Everything went normally in Q1, and from what you can expect of the tyres under normal circumstances, it was absolutely justified to go for just one run in Q2. But unfortunately I could feel that something was not right when leaving the pits as I had vibrations straight away. All that was left for us to do was hope that the gap would be big enough to remain in the top ten but that turned out not to be the case. We will now have a close look into what exactly happened and fully concentrate on trying to make up some positions in the race tomorrow." 

Race : 
Schumacher : DNF (tabrakan dengan Petrov) 
Rosberg : 8th

Michael Schumacher’s Sunday Quotes:
Michael Schumacher (DNF, Accident): "Another unfortunate end to a race which could have been encouraging today. It's a big pity as the car was again very good in race trim and I had already gained some positions. It would have been interesting to see what was possible, and I think we could certainly have taken some points. As for the incident, I didn't see Vitaly coming; I was just suddenly spun into a direction I had not intended to go, and then I saw my rear wing hanging off. It was unfortunate but these things happen when you fight hard - that's racing."

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