The Return of the Native

Written by Murtaza Ali on .

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It’s not over until the fans say it’s over. As one of the millions of proud Schumacher fans, I must assert that the day is far from near.

As far as his critics are concerned, its time for them to finally adhere to silence as after his great showing at Spa anything that they say wouldn’t carry any weight. At Spa, Michael Schumacher once again proved why he is still hailed as the greatest Formula One driver of all time. On his twentieth anniversary at Spa, he showed the world the same hunger that had kept him on the top of the food chain for so long. Though his efforts fell short of earning him a dream podium finish to celebrate his two decade run in F1, but the fifth position finish did manage to salvage his pride and please his fans.

After starting at number 24th on the grid, he one by one overtook his competitors until being stationed at number six for quite a long time in the race. It was only during the final few laps that he took a calculated risk and overtook his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg, whose two pit-stop strategy made him stretch his engine beyond the advisable limits.

The straight Spa circuit makes overtaking really simple and easy, which was clearly visible during the race. The guile and deceptive skills of some one like Fernando Alonso were not enough to keep his opponents at bay as he was overtaken on numerous occasions, something that seldom happens to driver in a Ferrari. Here I couldn’t resist asking myself a hypothetical yet interesting question! What would have happened had Michael Schumacher been in place of Alonso in the same Ferrari? Will he have driven it faster? Obviously not! Will he have won? Probably not! But, there is one thing that I can vouch for: overtaking him—with his tremendous ability to block the opponent’s advances—would have been daunting even for the likes of Vettel.

It is said about Schumacher that he can make his car as wide as he wants. Despite the exaggeration intended—given the right set of gear—Schumacher can deliver on any given day without exceptions unlike most of the Gen-Y drivers.

For those of you who think that 2012 would further consolidate what has already come to be known as Vettel Era, I must remind them that Schumacher is back to spoil his little party.

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23-25 November, 2012

Practice 1 : Result

Practice 2 : Result

Practice 3 : Result

Qualifying : Result

Race : Result

1 Sebastian Vettel 281
2 Fernando Alonso 278
3 Kimi Räikkönen 207
4 Lewis Hamilton 190
5 Jenson Button 188
6 Mark Webber 179
7 Felipe Massa 122
8 Romain Grosjean 96
9 Nico Rosberg 93
10 Sergio Perez 66
Full Table

1 Red Bull Racing - Renault 460
2 Ferrari 400
3 Mclaren - Mercedes 378
4 Lotus - Renault 303
5 Mercedes 142
6 Sauber - Ferrari 126
7 Force India - Mercedes 109
8 Williams - Renault 76
9 STR - Ferrari 26
10 Marussia-Cosworth 0
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