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Old 09-10-2006, 06:17 PM   #271
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The most important moment of this weekend: The Italian Grand Prix..... Schumacher's anouncement.

Q: Michael, an amazing day, a great start alongside Nick Heidfeld, taking second place early on and an emotional scene there on the podium.

Michael SCHUMACHER: Yeah, it’s been a very special day and to finish it in this style as we have been doing today, looking at the championship as well, but much more at what’s going to happen somehow in future. There’s been a lot of discussion for a long time concerning my future and so on and I think all the fans, all the people interested in motor sport, they have a right to have explained to them what’s going to happen. I’m sorry it may have taken longer than some of you wanted but you have to savor a moment, and you have to find the right moment and we feel this is the right moment.

To make it short in a way, this is going to be my last Monza race that I’m going to do. At the end of this year, I’ve decided, together with the team, that I’m going to retire from racing. It has been an exceptional, really exceptional time, what motor sport has given to me in more than thirty years. I’ve really loved every single moment of the good and the bad times. Those ones make life so special.

In particular, I should thank my family, starting, obviously, with my Dad, my passed-away Mum and obviously my wife and my kids who, at all times, supported what I was doing, and without their support, without their strengths, to survive in this business and this sport, and to perform, I think would have been impossible, and obviously I can’t be thankful enough, obviously to my family but also to my mates from the Benetton time and obviously, specially in the Ferrari days when I have made so many friends. I have so many great guys in that team and it has been a really tough decision to decide to not work together at this level with all my friends, my engineers, everybody. They are just so great but one day, the day has to come and I felt that at one point that this is the moment as well as, in terms of timing the decision, I thought that it was fair to find that moment so that Felipe has a chance to decide his future, because I think he is a very great guy. He has been doing a very good job for the team, very supportive, a really great teammate, and there was a moment for him to decide for his future, and there was no point for me to take my decision any later than his decision had to be taken and this was the conclusion.
As well as in a way my future replacement, it’s a driver – at some stage the team will tell you – but I was always pleased and I knew a long time ago – to hear that he was the person, and now I would just like to concentrate on these last three wins and finish it in style, and hopefully with the championship, we have made a big step today for that and I really look forward, and I want to thank everybody who has been on my way, or supporting me at all stages. They have been a lot of people. Thank you very much.

- He's leaving! I can't say that I really wanted him to continue racing but it's gonna be very different next season. I'm definately not a fan.. But for as long as I've been a Formula 1 fan Michael was there. I was mad at him a lot - I even hated him at times (I'm sure we all know why, he was very controversial on the track at times.. to say the least) But he is THE Micheal Schumacher, the one to beat every year! And not many drivers managed to actually beat him..

Who's going to replace him? Can he be replaced at all? I don't think so.. I wonder if Ferrari will be as strong without him as a driver. If Kimi's going to Ferrari.. He's is good but not that complete. Maybe he will learn and become just as good (It's not just the driving but the whole politics of Formula 1- stuff that Michael was really good at.)
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Old 09-11-2006, 05:18 AM   #272
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Kimi's definetly going to Ferrari - the question is whether Russ Braun will stay. I doubt it as he is obviously very close to Scheuey, as opposed to the corporate side of Ferrari. The media is speculating that Schu was basically given little choice as the management wanted him to retire.
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Old 09-11-2006, 02:35 PM   #273
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I thought Todt was planning to leave Ferrari when Michael did. Brawn leaving Ferrari won't happen. I really can't see that happening. He's too important for the team. Ferrari needs him and Todt.

Todt, Brawn and Schumacher were like the holy trinity of Ferrari. Schumacher might be helping them run the team next year.

Well, I heard the media(Dutch media) saying that he would be taking an advising role in the team. But then again they can be wrong. We'll see.
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Old 09-11-2006, 03:38 PM   #274
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One thing's for sure - this is going to be one hell of a championship race.... And btw, BRAVO for Kubica!



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Alonso brands Schu ‘unsporting’
Tuesday, 12, September, 2006, 18:56
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Fernando Alonso has branded title rival Michael Schumacher “the most unsportsmanlike driver in the history of Formula 1”.

In the wake of an emotionally charged and politically toxic weekend at Monza, which culminated in Schumacher announcing his retirement, Alonso launched a scathing attack on the seven-time champion on Spain’s Radio Marca.

Alonso said Schumacher’s reputation was more tarnished than that of footballing legend Zinedine Zidane, who bowed out of his final game with a red card for head-butting Italian defender Marco Materazzi during the World Cup final.

“Zidane retired after a glorious career, while Michael is the most unsportsmanlike driver in the history of Formula 1,” Alonso said.

“No one has had more sanctions than him.”

But Alonso drew a clear distinction between Schumacher’s ethics and his formidable talent and achievements.

“That doesn’t mean he hasn’t been the best driver, and fighting against him has been an honour and a pleasure,” he said.

“But the time has come to retire and you have to respect his decision.

“Things will be more equal between the drivers now.”
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So Schumacher is going...sad to see a good, competitive driver go but I always hated him. He won about three (four tops) of his seven championships. The car, the pit crew and the FIA won the rest.

Webber finished a race!
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Old 09-19-2006, 12:24 AM   #277
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Way to go, Flava Flav


























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This sexy underwear is aerodynamic and classy.
Flavio is a pro
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When I saw that pic my reaction went from to to

He looks horrible but it is a funny pic!
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Yay Kubica
I think he's got the potential to be the next Schumi
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What a last lap!
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The penultimate round of the 2006 championship is a farewell to the Suzuka circuit, at least for the foreseeable future. The Japanese Grand Prix will be held at Fuji in 2007 and while Suzuka hopes to return to the calendar perhaps in 2008, it remains to be seen if that will happen.
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Go Schumi!!!!

One more championship! Shut that brat Fernando Alonso up!!!!
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Yeah I am tiring of Alonso's whining at the moment.
Next year I'm all Kimi, baby.
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