Friday, August 31, 2012

Schumi says 300 is a beautiful side effect

Michael Schumacher's 300th Race at Spa in Belgium 2012

Michael Schumacher becomes the second F1 driver to drive 300 races. A career lasting 20 years with 7 Formula One World Championship titles and 91 race wins, he is a living legend. He had started his F1 race career in Spa and had immediately shown his calibre. Apart from starting his career in Spa, he had his first race victory, the 7th title was also assured in Spa.

Last year during the 2011 Belgian F1 Grand Prix at Spa, he drove a storming race from the back of the grid to finish 5th and further enhanced his reputation. Recognising his special affinity to Spa, this year they have made Michael Schumacher a honorary citizen of Spa. Reacting to this Michael Schumacher said "I always called it my living room - Now I can officially call it my living room It is good."

Reacting to the 300 milestone Michael said "It is certainly an interesting, beautiful, nice number to be around. A number that I didn't think about, that I would do that, at the time that I retired at the end of 2006. And now here we are and I'am counting the 300.....It isn't anything that I'am challenging or looking for to have just a number on my board but being the 300, yeah it's a beautiful side-effect."

This is a great learning for people. If you are passionate, then these milestones will happen. These milestones are by products of your passion and perseverance. The world talks about the numbers, however, the true passionate individual that Schumacher is, he has very nicely summed it up. Truly, every body can learn a big lesson and pursue their passion with dedication, certainly beautiful side-effects will be a reality.

Wish Michael Schumacher all the best for his 300th Race.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Dani Clos to replace Narain in FP1 in Belgium

Narain Karthikeyan to miss out F1 First Practice in Spa

Narain Karthikeyan of HRT team will again miss out on driving the First Practice to Dani Clos in Belgium. This is the fifth time that Narain will sit out in the first practice. Given that Narain Karthikeyan has shown better race pace but have failed to match his team mate Pedro de la Rosa during qualifying, losing out on valuable practice certainly doesn't help.

Narain said "Spa is a drivers track. I won here during my Formula 3 days, so I have some nice memories and the atmosphere is always great. Even though a lot of run-off has been added over the years, it still has some of the most challenging corners on the calendar."

Dani Clos is expectedly happy to get another run in the car in the Friday First Practice. He said "Once again I have a chance to step in the car and work for the team and that fills me with satisfaction....

He further added "Spa is a circuit where I have great memories. I won my first international one-seater race there, that's something you never forget and it makes me have special feelings for this circuit."

Every Indian fan is ready to see how Narain Karthikeyan will perform after the break in the Formula One Belgian Grand Prix at Spa.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

F1 Drivers who need to perform

F1 Drivers Who need perform

The summer break in Formula 1 is nearing its end, the next race being held on 31Aug-02 Sept in Belgium.

Where as the summer break is a mandatory break and teams are not allowed to do any work, there is no respite for drivers, especially the ones who are struggling. These drivers have to increase their fitness and level of mental conditioning to regain the edge over their teammates.

Prominent among the drivers who need to pull up their socks is Felipe Massa of Ferrari. He has been comprehensibly outclassed by his team mate Fernando Alonso and there has been a call on his head. Though Ferrari has officially said that Felipe knows how to pull up his performance level, nevertheless there is always the sword hanging over his head.

The other driver who has been comprehensibly beaten by his team mate is Vitaly Petrov in the Caterham. Heikki Kovalainen may be destined for a break into a top tier team by his consisten performance in the back of the grid team. If Vitaly Petrov is to prove that he really belonged to a top team, then he has to beat Kovalainen.

Narain Karthikeyan has been consistently lagged behind his team mate Pedro de la Rosa during qualifying. However, Narain has had better race finishes than Pedro and has a top 15 finish in Monaco. He said"Right now I am about three tenths behind Pedro and that is something that I have to improve in the second half, no doubt about it."He confessed that it has been very hard to beat Pedro as he hardly makes any mistakes and as he has lot of experience with Pirelli tires and with McLaren. He is clear that he has to beat Pedro.

Michael Schumacher who has been in good form, but unfortunately has had a series of bad lucks and is trailing behind his team mate Nico Rosberg, motivation will never be in short supply.

Lets see how many of these F1 drivers perform well in the second half of the season.