Alonso: Schumi’s talking nonsense

Fernando Alonso has revealed that Michael Schumacher did accuse him of blocking during qualifying for last weekend’s Australian Grand Prix.

Alonso was approached by Schumacher following qualifying for the second round on the F1 2010 schedule and was asked by the German ‘whether the team had told him [Schumacher was on a flying lap]’.

“Yes, he thought I had held him up intentionally on his fast lap,” Alonso told ESPN. “But that’s nonsense. I could not see him in the mirrors and there was no info on the radio. So I was only able to move over after he was already there.”

Schumacher also spoke to FIA representative, Charlie Whiting, to get clarification on the issue: “Basically on my last try, I was slowed down by him [Alonso],” Schumacher added. “I asked him whether the team had told him [I was on a flying lap], and he said ‘no’.

“It’s difficult in a way because he’s on his in-lap and worrying about other things other than watching the mirror, but saying that, we had this chat Friday in the drivers’ briefing – that care should be taken about this – and he was one of the main guys talking about it.

“I had a conversation with Charlie about this as well, because I need to know what is the reference, what are the guidelines here, what are the rules? Because if the rules have changed a little bit to what they used to be, I need to know what you would be okay with, and what not.

“I had a similar issue with Lewis [Hamilton] too, in that he was preparing for his lap and blocking me in a way, which is not very nice.”

Schumacher qualified seventh in Australia, while Alonso was third on the grid and Hamilton 11th.

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I think Schumacher seems to be complaining and making exscuses for his poor start to the year

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Well, what do you expect? The Ferrari’s wing mirror’s are only made for aerodynamic benifit, not for visibility. Also, Schumacher had his front wing broken in Australia causing him to drop to second-last, and in Bahrain he finished within 10 seconds of Rosberg. So he isn’t doing that bad.

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Shumi needs to adjust because now there are 3 world champions driving with him with good cars. Not like Shumi-Ferrari days were all of his opponents are almost all rookies.

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I would have to agree with Shumacher. Not that I know he was blocked. But along the lines of there are way too many cars out there so it is hard to get a clean qualifying lap. Maybe they need to extend the sessions by 5 minutes. Or maybe they need lights in the cockpit to indicate there is a faster car coming behind them.

As a viewer I want to see drivers pushing the cars to the limits, not driving around cars on a qualifying lap.

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Wait, didn’t Schumacher intentionally block other drivers (maybe even Alonso) in qualifying in his last season or two by coming to a dead stop on track? I like seeing the guy come back and all (and dicing it up with the youngest driver, woohoo), but surely he hasn’t forgotten the games he played in his prime?

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Wa wa wa. Sounds like someone has a little sand in their…cavity. No one cares about you anymore Shumacher. It’s time to take up a new sport…like checkers or curling.

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Better mirror positioning WOULD have helped… simple as that.

so here we are, Schumacher whines about something that was no fault of his own, and gets hated, Hamilton whines about how HIS race went due to his own tyre wrecking as well as an incident that was no fault of his own, and gets sympathy… anyone seeing what’s wrong with this picture?

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A bit rich! Schumi will, of course, be expert on blocking a competitors flying lap, only he actually parked his car on the line (Monaco 06). Poor Michael, its tough out there with real competition, and of course, a team mate allowed to race you. How unfair!

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LMAO @ American Connection and Bagetski.
I think Schumacher should’ve stayed home, his Ferrari days are over and now there IS more competition… he’ll never make it with his car.

The only think I like now he’s back; I can laugh a lot during a race ROTFL

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Tindog – Who’s giving Hammy sympathy? Not me. If he didn’t think he needed new tyres, he shouldn’t have come in.

I would laugh if the conversation between Schumi and Whiting went like this:

MS: “So have the rules on blocking people on their flying quali laps changed?”
CW: “No, Michael, they’re the same as they were back in Monaco 2006”

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He should have just stayed at Ferrari, being their consultant and help them design their successor of their 599 and 458 Italia.

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Less moaning, more winning!
you want to win? overtake!!!

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it looks like someone cant take that he isnt winning lol

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Schumacher was slowed down, people who didn’t see the race should shut up. Schumacher isn’t pushing his car to the limits atm, because he really wants to finish the race

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agree

he didn´t whine or even bashed Alonso – he asked whether his team told him about Shue coming from the back and Ferrari didn´t. That was it for him. No whining. No point for this article even.

The Mercedes is just too much off the pace and Shue is still a bit rusty. All the experts (I mean the real experts like Ex-F1 champions, not the writing champs) predicted that he would at least need 3 races to back to the rhythm.

Lets see what he will do next race or in Shanghai.

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Typical – Scumacher has a bit of a(justified)moan,like ALL the other drivers have at some point and the media blows it out of all proportion.This article only has one point – to sh*t stir.All the bitter comments from Schumacher’s detractors make me laugh – they jump on the smallest morsel to critisise him but all things considered, he is doing an excellent job and as I predicted, he is making steady progress which will need at least a few races to catch up with Nico.

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#11, since when is a racer also a designer??
he comes back after 3yrs and is immediately almost as fast as one of the fastest guys on the grid ..
the car doesn’t look to good, soon as brawn sorts that out they should be out in front, Vettel better hurries and starts winning bcs the end of the yr might show another order ..

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#17 Jean, Schumacher gave significant design / engineering input during the development of the California and Italia. Sure, he’s no designer, that’s why the steering wheel in the Italia is a bit botched. ;)

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I wonder what clarification Schu wants? What constitutes blocking (in the rules)? I hope it’s clear so we don’t have another messy rules fight.

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OK so Michael has to know more about blocking than anyone in the history of F1. So if he says Alonso was blocking I’ll take his word for it. Hey Michael.. Maybe it’s karma.

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Maybe he’s building a case for future races…He can go back to Charlie in the future and say what about Australia, remember our talk about Alonso and Hamilton. I did what they did to me in Australia and they never got penalties. Never underestimate what Schumacher is up to. Racing genius…

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if alonso dident hit mick he could have got a top 3 finish. Micheal to win this week end plase God.

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Its racing drivers excuses, pathetic. The quali is over at malaysia and his teammate has destroyed him yet again.

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Come on, give the guy a break.
I am not, or ever have been, a fan of Schumacher but he has balls (IMHO) to make a come back.
Looking forward to the first corner with Alonso and Hamilton at the start of the race.

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Well schumy say’s he’s having fun and that he had a fun race in Auss…If I didn’t know any better I say that’s all that schumy is looking for…If is form doesn’t improve and he re-retires at end of season I don’t think his legacy will be harmed. Still a legend…

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