• Nov 16, 2007

The critics have been silenced, and silenced good.

Michael Schumacher retired a seven-time world champion, but his eighth title narrowly escaped him right down to the line at his farewell grand prix in 2006. Retiring after losing the championship two years in a row to a younger Fernando Alonso, many started asking if the driver that dominated the sport for so long still had it in his, ahem, "advancing" age.

Those pundits got their answer when Schumacher briefly returned to F1 in taking the wheel of the Ferrari F2007, this year's title-winning car, at an official FIA-sanctioned Formula One testing event in Spain this week. The focus of the event, the first since the end of the season, was to give the teams a chance to run the cars without traction control and with the standardized engine control unit (ECU), as mandated by the 2008 regulations.

Schumacher drove for the first two of the three day test session, and on both days his lap times sat at the very top of the time sheets. Unfortunately, spokespersons were quick to point out that this did not herald Michael's return to the grid, just a one-time event. So the rest of the drivers can sleep easier.

[Sources: Italiaspeed and Ferrari]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      That guy is awesome. I loved the drama of this season but Schumi is a GIANT among giants in the F1 drivers world.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Adding my own agreement that ending TC will be a good thing. They should remove paddle shifters too.

      I think it honestly might be time to allow active aero (rear wings that flatten at higher speeds), in the style of the old Chapparal cars. Allowing the cars to reduce excess downforce at high speeds will allow the cars to become more fuel efficient and allow F1 to remove even more HP and thus make precise cornering more important without reducing top speeds.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Kovalainen, Massa, Coulthard, Rosberg, Nakajima, and Button among others.
        • 7 Years Ago
        thanks. =)

        that is quite the feat...
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 7 Years Ago
      The removal of traction control is the first step in making F1 a driver's more than just the connection between the steering wheel and the peddles. Make them run flat bottom cars and drivers will once again be heroes.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        yes, but he is referring to those times when the car was just an arrow without any help... when the cars got the color of the country, when the drivers use a leather helmet without security belts.


        they were real heroes on those days...
        HotRodzNKustoms
        • 7 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        Yeah my understanding of the F1 rules might be questionable but after watching and owning high down force cars I am ready for cars that are overpowered and are under engineered. I wish we would see the drivers trying to wrestle the cars around the track like Gilles Villeneuve used to do through the streets of Long Beach. I am tired that the most exciting part of a race is when someone has a car that twitches once. Give me a large V8, little down force, and a driver with some huge brass. Give me a Can-Am or F-5000 series and let the driver not only duke it out with each other but the cars as well.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        The man speaketh the trutheth. Let it falleth uponeth all ye ears. For his words are blest by none other than thine holiest divinity God himself!
        • 7 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        erm they have been running flat bottom cars ever since ground effects were banned in f1.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That's an amazing feat: I still remember what an year away from F1 did to Jacques Villeneuve... He needed a whole season to recover his shape and speed (which never came back completely).

      Even Kimi needed half a season to completely adapt to these new tires... and Schumacher just did this... different car, different tires, different electronics, an year off... :S Amazing!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      i'd be interested to know who all was driving.
        • 7 Years Ago
        it was a 11 F1 team test .. missing Kimi, Alonso and Hamilton... but credit to Schumacher... he owned all other badly, the second testday he was nearly a second faster as the second fastest (in a Ferrari) and much faster as the rest... for example he owned Nick Heidfeld by 1.6s... would have been interesting to see if Kimi and the two other could have beat the pensioneer...
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think Schumacher would be dominant with the new regulations having driven in F1 before the cars became like spaceships with all the driver aids. I am curious to see how some drivers will react to losing the TC at tracks like Monaco and in the wet.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I for one am certainly looking forward to seeing some racing without the use of traction control in 2008. Should be exciting.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      The lack of TC is really going to seperate the men from the boys next year.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Schumi's still the king.
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