Mercedes GP boss believes Michael Schumacher's fourth place in Spain shows he is back on form
11 May 2010

Mercedes GP CEO Nick Fry believes Michael Schumacher's fourth place in Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix is evidence that the seven-time world champion has got his "sparkle" back.

Fry told Autosport that Schumacher's performance also revealed he had got his confidence back following a miserable outing three weeks ago in China.

"The sparkle is back," said Fry. "I think in China he was perplexed - that is the best word to use. Right from the beginning of Friday in Spain he was on it right from the start, and listening on the radio to Michael, there is the confidence back in his voice. He knows exactly what he wants from the car and he got all that could be had."

Despite Schumacher's stronger showing, Fry believes Mercedes is still some way behind title favourite Red Bull. Schumacher was one minute behind race winner Mark Webber in Spain.

"When you finish a minute behind, it is incredibly disappointing and the reality is that we have a lot of work to do," said Fry. "I frankly wouldn't expect the Red Bull to have such an advantage on other circuits, and I think this one particularly suited it.

"But even if it hasn't got that level of advantage, it has certainly got half a second on us and that is a lot to make up - so there is a lot of work to be done over the next month or so."

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11 May 2010

Oh come on! He only got fourth because of Hammy's puncture, and it was a distinctive lack-lustre performance. He never overtook anyone! And if Button hadn't cocked-up his 'too-much-respect-and-not-enough-balls' positioning then Schumi wouldn't even have had fifth!

Even Massa might have had a go if Button had got passed - though maybe not (something wrong with that boy).

11 May 2010

[quote golfman]Oh come on! He never overtook anyone![/quote]

er, except World Champion(stop sniggering!) Button, at the end of the pit straight. Schumacher held up a driver with a car with approx. 1 sec. per lap more speed in it yet Button couldn't get past. Button is a joke, a fluker. He's been found out. His world championship will go down in time as a quirk. A guy whose main attribute is preserving tyres does not belong on a race track. Perhaps he could rep for Michelin.

11 May 2010

[quote nicksheele]Button is a joke, a fluker. He's been found out. [/quote]

Found out? By leading the championship? By scoring points in every race so far?

Please explain...

11 May 2010

[quote golfman]And if Button hadn't cocked-up his 'too-much-respect-and-not-enough-balls' positioning then Schumi wouldn't even have had fifth![/quote]

Basically, what you are saying is: If Button was a better driver than he really is, and had more ability, then he would have passed Schumacher.

[quote golfman]

Even Massa might have had a go if Button had got passed - though maybe not (something wrong with that boy).

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Another foundless statement, Schumacher was pulling away from Massa and then passed Button, who got sandwiched between them. Schumacher then drove defensively to protect his position. Of course, a neanderthal such as yourself you wouldn't have picked up on this.

11 May 2010

Button got stuck behind the block miester simple as that!, i sometimes think that's why Schumi was brought back, not because he could win another championship maybe just to put a bit of interest back into FI by giving the young un's a hard time if they messed up in qualifying or tyre changes, Uncle Bernie you old fox you!

Peter Cavellini.

11 May 2010

@ nicksheele I do not understand why are you commenting on this! You do not seem to understand how racing works. More than that you do not seem to understand how a championship works and why champions become…well, champions obviously. Please, next time, do some research before. [quote nicksheele]Button, at the end of the pit straight. Schumacher held up a driver with a car with approx. 1 sec. per lap more speed in it yet Button couldn't get past. Button is a joke, a fluker. He's been found out. His world championship will go down in time as a quirk. A guy whose main attribute is preserving tyres does not belong on a race track. Perhaps he could rep for Michelin.[/quote]

11 May 2010

Neanderthal? Bit strong, isn't it? I'm hurt. Do I take it that you're a Schu fan who is feeling a little depressed at his lack of ability?

11 May 2010

I was actually feeling good about Button. The McLaren team apparently really like him, and he seems a decent sort. But that strange positioning down the straight was, well, odd. Surely he should have gone to Schu's right, then dummied left, then out-braked him up the right-hand side into the corner. I couldn't understand (and still don't) whether he was giving Schu too much respect, or he just isn't the driver I thought he is. Yes, you can lose your front wing and both go out of the race - but that's F1. With that chit Spanish track you just have to take a chance. We saw Button do it last year at the end of the season, and he has to have that zeal or Hamilton will walk away with the title.

11 May 2010

Passing at Barcelona is almost impossible, anyone who has watched races there would know you need 2 or 3 seconds advantage or an obvious mistake from the car in front to overtake. Saying Button doesn't have the balls to pass is a stupid statement, Brazil '09?

Schumacher may win races this year but I don't see him returning to the form he had in the early noughties.

11 May 2010

Anyone who watches F1 knows that isn't true. You can get a tow, then fool the driver in front - remembering that he's only allowed to block once. I admit it's difficult at the chit Spanish track, but it's do-able. Button accused Schu of blocking tactics after the race - even HE didn't say anything about it not being possible. Button is often too cautious. Count how many times he's carried out a Hamilton-esque manouvre. Go on, fisherman, how many times?

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