Michael Schumacher

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    I guess the Schumi fans over here would like to read this...


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    From Planet F1
    HOW TO LOVE MICHAEL SCHUMACHER
    10 Reasons Why You Should Give Schumi A Chance

    There's nobody in F1 who causes such a strong reaction as Michael
    Schumacher. Schumi is like the Citroen 2CV, Marmite or Installation
    Artists. You either love them or you hate them. There aren't too many
    people sitting on the fence.


    I'm a firm believer that the more you understand Michael and how his
    mindset works, the more you can admire him. I'm not part of that band of
    brothers - affectionately known in the excellent P-F1 chat forum as 'the
    disciples' - for whom Schumi can do no wrong. He's clearly done wrong in
    the past. But you don't get to the top in professional sport and stay there
    without upsetting a few people along the way.


    Time and time again I've heard people in the paddock, who I respect, say
    that the Michael Schumacher you see on television isn't the same one they
    work with day in, day out. Steve Matchett, who writes technical features
    for Planet-F1 and is a pundit on the Speed channel, worked with Michael at
    Benetton. Steve is a no-nonsense, down-to-earth kind of guy. Having worked
    with Michael in some very tense situations from when he signed in 91 to
    when he left in 95, Steve hasn't got a bad word to say about him.


    In a year when Schumi will be appearing on the podium every fortnight, I
    think it's time we all cuddled up to the man from Kerpen. Blimey, how can
    the Brits not like him when he's nice to dogs...


    HE'S NICE TO DOGS
    On the way back from the Brazilian Grand Prix one time, he felt extremely
    sorry for a stray dog he saw from the window of his hire car. He put the
    dog through Brazilian quarantine, named him Floh ('Flea') and took him back
    to Germany.



    HE TAKES TIME
    One of the things that Michael does give is his time. We'll come back to
    the point later on, but this is a small, small example that illustrates the
    way he is. I collect Minichamps F1 cars - a few of the ones I have are
    signed and I've noticed on this, and on other items of memorabilia that
    Michael signs, he takes the trouble to sign his name.
    Most drivers have developed a squiggle that represents their names. Unless
    you're F.Massa or T.Sato you've got quite a lot of work to do, so a
    squiggle is only practical. Considering he's the world champ and his name
    goes on forever, Michael's 'squiggle' is painstakingly scripted.


    HE'S EXUBERANT
    We've not seen too many of the podium gymnastics this year, but Michael
    clearly enjoys winning and shows it. Perhaps with power steering and the
    levels of fitness drivers have these days they're not so drained at the end
    of races, but through the 80's and 90's when we had Prost vs Senna vs
    Piquet and occasionally Mansell, podiums were often dour, joyless places.
    It was almost as though it wasn't cool to enjoy the win. Schumi changed
    that.


    HE PUTS IN WORK FOR CHARITY
    Michael's football team raises money for UNESCO. A lot of F1 personalities,
    both teams (Mclaren and Williams especially) and drivers do get involved
    with charitable causes. Some don't. Michael does his bit.


    HE'S OPEN AND HONEST
    Michael gets a lot of criticism for his insistance on being No.1 in the
    Ferrari team. He's open and honest about it. Be believes that's the best
    way to take the team forward and says so. There have been instances in the
    past when drivers will 'play politics' in the team to get the upper hand
    instead. It's rumoured that when Alain Prost joined Nigel Mansell at
    Ferrari, he decided that Mansell's car was better than his and got the team
    to secretly change over the seat, numbers and driver settings so that Nigel
    wouldn't realize. Unfortunately Nigel twigged that this wasn't his car and
    their relationship within the team went rapidly downhill.
    With Michael, what you see is what you get.


    HE'S GENEROUS
    Let's put one ghost to bed. Michael is not tight-fisted. Here's an extract
    from Life In The Fast Lane, the book Steve Matchett wrote about Benetton's
    World Championship winning year in 1994 from his position as a mechanic in
    the team.
    It's February, and the team have been testing in Jerez.
    On the final night of our stay in Jerez, Michael took the whole team out to
    dinner. This was a nice gesture and is something he likes to do quite
    often. He sees it as a way of thanking everyone for the effort put into
    preparing the car for him and is appreciated by us all I think.
    'Order whatever you would like,' he told us, 'the bill will be kept open
    all night!' We were still there, lounging backing the chairs, drinking and
    chatting long after Michael had gone to bed.



    HE'S LOYAL
    Without Michael's help his brother wouldn't be an F1 driver today. Willi
    Weber's got a lot to do with it too, but Ralf had a fairly undistinguished
    first year at Jordan in 1997. The fact that the Schumacher name stood for
    so much bought Ralf the time to improve and show that he was a talent in
    his own right. Michael has supported him right the way through his racing
    career.
    Michael's also loyal to the people who work for him. His personal press
    spokesman Heiner Buchinger had various illnesses over the years yet Michael
    would not dispense with his services. When I was working at F1 Racing
    magazine the editor, Matt Bishop, found it very difficult to get through
    the Ferrari press machine. So he'd ring 'Buchinger' and Buchinger would
    normally fix it. Things came to a head after Michael broke his leg in 1999
    and Buchinger was not singing from the Ferrari hymn sheet. Luca Montezemolo
    gave Michael the three-line whip to get rid of him or else. I imagine when
    MS writes his autobiography that will go down as one of the biggest
    wrenches of his career.
    He's loyal to Ferrari too. Yes, they pay him a lot of money. A hell of a
    lot of money, but Mclaren used to pay Ayrton Senna a hell of a lot of money
    too. I don't recall Michael having a stand-off with Luca Montezemolo about
    the team upping his salary and threatening not to turn up at the first race
    unless they did.


    HE'S NOT A ROBOT
    You can hardly label someone who lists The Pope and Pele as his two great
    idols as 'a robot'. Or someone who breaks down in tears during a press
    conference when being asked a question about Ayrton Senna. Michael's
    Germanic nature and the way he translates makes him come across as
    arrogant, when really all he's being is logical.
    Take the press conference from Barcelona. The interviewer says, "Michael,
    that was a truly dominant drive, masterful."
    To which Schumi answers, "Yes."
    That sounds arrogant, but Michael will have computed the question as, 'That
    was a drive where you were in control of the race from the front'. So
    logically, yes, he was. He doesn't get the nuances of the language.


    HE'S 110% COMMITTED
    It's an over-used phrase but Michael more than any other driver puts an
    enormous amount of time into making his team a success. Again it's part of
    his Germanic nature, the thoroughness, the attention to detail. In the UK
    three years ago we had some great adverts for the Volkswagen Passat that
    were absolutely Michael Schumacher. They showed various VW engineers -
    typical German guys - who were responsible for different areas of the car
    in their own specialist fields. One guy was just opening and closing doors
    listening to the sound of the door being closed. That's Schumi.
    He'll test the car until it gets dark, after the test he'll wait behind and
    talk over the data with the engineers till the problem is solved. While a
    lot of drivers get out of the car and get in the helicopter, Michael is
    prepared to sit and talk about the results until the solution is found.
    Heiner Buchinger says that unlike Ralf, Michael takes the time and trouble
    to get to know his mechanics, he asks about their families, he spends time
    and he gets involved. That's why they love him so much. That's why in
    Barcelona when his car broke down out on the circuit in practice on
    Saturday morning, he virtually put the tow straps on himself and drove the
    truck back. Michael's view on F1 is that if you're going to get involved
    you do it to the maximum degree.



    HE'S A GREAT MOTIVATOR (AND HE HASN'T CHANGED)
    Steve Matchett on Schumi's first win for Benetton at Spa in 1992.
    "On returning to the garage he shook everyone by the hand, thanking us all
    individually for our help, another genuine show of appreciation that would
    continue with every subsequent win. I have never felt such an integral part
    of a team than when working with Michael and sharing the pleasure of one of
    our victories.
    As the crowds bulged from the circuit gates and we began packing equipment
    in to the back of the race trucks, Michael changed out of his overalls. He
    waved us farewell and set off on a bicycle, his victor's trophy strapped on
    the back to meet his parents who were staying in one of the local hotels.
    Michael gradually disappeared out of sight, ringing his bell, gently
    turning left and right, avoiding small groups that were slowly plodding up
    the hill. What a marvelous sight. Here was Michael Schumacher, the winner
    of the Spa Grand Prix, cycling among the dispersing crowds, off to show his
    mother and father his new trophy." The Mechanics Tale.


    Love him or hate him. When he's gone, we'll miss him.


    Frank Hopkinson
     
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  2. Vo2

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    As everyone here knows, I'm a dedicated Schumi-disciple. You just have to admire his focus and ability.
    Great article - thanks Altwegg! I hope that you too have seen the light? ;) ;D
     
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    Well, I am still rooting for Ralf and Montoya to help good ol' Williams win the Constructor's trophy! :D
     
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    Firstly I think it's because us Brits (I never thought I'd say that :D) seem to cheer on the Underdog, and the one thing MS isn't, is an underdog.

    Secondly on the subject of dogs, If I see one more it will be one dog too many.

    My right shoe now bares the teeth mark of a dog that decided he didn't like me cycling passed him last friday.

    If somebody is going to have a dog as a pet, why let the thing roam the streets unattended ?
     
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    a dog is not a thing and it has a right to go anywhere it wants if that means roam around the street so be it lol

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    P.S as u can probably tell i am a vegeertarian and feel very strongly about animals!
     
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    I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU I ADMIRE HIS TRUST AND LOYALTY AND NO-ONE SHOULD KNOCK HIM DOWN ESPECIALLY THE MEDIA. ONE THING IS FOR CERTAIN I DONT HATE HIM AND I WILLL WEEP FOR HOURS IF HE DECIDED TO LEFT:confused: MARTIN BRUNDLE AND JAMES ALLEN ALWAYS RUNS SCHUMI DOWN TO ME I THINK THEY ARE JEALOUS I WONT ADMIT IT. SCHUMI MAKES ME FEEL HAPPY:) BUT WHEN HE IS SAD:( I FEEL SAD ALSO I CRIED FOR 3 MONTHS WHEN HE WAS CRYING ON THE PODUIM WHEN HIS MOTHER DIED I JUST KNOW WHAT IT FEELS LIKE WHEN YOUR MOTHER IS YOUNG WHEN THEY DIE, MY MOTHER WAS ONLY 59 WELL ALL I CAN SAY IS GOOD LUCK TO HIM IN 2006. MAY HE AND FERRARI BE VICTORIOUS:D
     
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    he's the cunt who rammed damon hill inorder to prevent him from winning the world title.
     
  8. Chris_E

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    He intentionally rammed Jacques Villeneuve in 1997 in an attempt to stop him winning the world title that year.

    He accidently collided with Damon Hill during the Aussie GP in 1994 knocking them both out of the race and winning the world chapionship in the process.

    By the way what the hell's a Michael Schumacher thread doing on this site?
     
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    jesus... there really is one born every minute..
     
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    I have gone back and forth on Schumacher time and time again. In 2004 Ferrari was walking all over the track time and time again, no one could touch them! I love to hate him, and hate to love him, but either ay he will be a legend of his time. :)
     
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    I first began following Michael during the 1996 season when he had the hard times with Ferrari. I firmly believe he is a legend of sport and anyone who disagrees needs their head checked. A true legend.
     
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