Monday, September 11, 2006

Fantastic Ferrari and Stupendous Schumacher

Ferrari's Win in Monza, Italy- 10th September 2006

I am rooting for Michael Schumacher to win the Formula One 2006 World Championship. Why? He’s retiring from race driving. It’ll be the best souvenir and he can bow out as a legend. Alonso is still young, he can win the next time around. =)

Today, Michael Schumacher won his 90th Grand prix victory (in Italy, Monza) and closed the championship lead of Fernando Alonso to 2 points!!! Sadly, he also confirmed he is to retire at the end of this racing season.
Now, it’s to Shanghai, China, on 1 October 2006. Way to go Schumi! Wish I could get the tickets to watch you in action. But China in October is crazy… cos it’s their National Day Holiday week.

Whatever it is, I seriously think that Alonso is really something. He was penalized for blocking Massa (Ferrari’s driver) during the qualifying round and was placed in 10th place on the grid. But, he managed to zoom his way to third place, overtaking his closest opponent, Robert Kubica (BMW Sauber’s driver) on lap 41’s pit stop. The overtake was skillfully executed and exhibited Alonso’s prowess as one of the best F1 racers on the track.
But, luck was not on his side and the Spaniard's Renault engine cruelly exploded just ten laps from the flag. Pity.

Schumacher’s Trivia:
Michael Schumacher will retire from race driving at the end of the 2006 World Championship. Whatever the final result of this year's championship, Michael leaves Formula 1 holding almost all the records. To date, he has taken seven Drivers' world titles and has contributed to the same number of team wins in the Constructors' Championship. He has taken part in 247 Formula 1 Grands Prix (178 of them at the wheel of a Ferrari), won 90 (71), been on pole 68 (58) times, setting 75 (52) fastest race laps. He has amassed a total of 1354 points, 1051 of them in a Maranello car. No one in the world of motor racing has done better. Following his decision, the only record that will elude him is the one for the number of race starts. He will be able to reach the 250 mark, just six short of the record held by Riccardo Patrese. Schumacher has been with Ferrari for eleven seasons, a demonstration of loyalty without equal in Formula 1, to date securing five of his Drivers' titles here and contributing to six of the team's Constructors' titles. No other driver has ever won as much with the Scuderia.



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