Saturday, September 30, 2006
Once again Schumi is at the top of the Grand Prix World. He has comprehensively won the Chinese Grand Prix today at Shanghai International Circuit today. It was one of his dazzling drives we have seen from this 37-year only world champion. Determined Schumacher has come up with a brilliant performances fighting against the wet and dry conditions after starting at number six position in the grid. It was an unbelievable performance from this former world champion, who is still eyeing on the eighth driver championship before his retirement by the end of this season. It was his fifth race wins in last seven races, importantly the most exciting win of this season. It is his first win in China. He had a very poor performance here in Shanghai in that past two seasons. With this victory, he has moved up to 116 points in the title race level with defending champion Alonso, but leads the championship by having won seven races to the Spaniard’s six.It was poor performance from Ferrari team yesterday when the qualifying rounds have taken place. The racing conditions have clearly a set back for the Ferrari team, using the Bridgestone tyres. Schumacher finished only in the sixth position in the grid and his teammate Mazza couldn’t complete the qualifying round with the engine failure. Race was not much different from yesterday. It was overcastted, wet and miserable. It has clearly given an upper hand for the Alonso. He has started off well and took a good margin of lead in the beginning. But Schumacher has showed excellence when he has passed over Barichello and Button and took the fourth spot. Ferrari team has taken their pit stops very carefully and didn’t change the tyres most often. The perfect pit stop timings from the Team Ferrari helped Schumacher to pull himself up to the first position. Initially he was struggling behind the Renault drivers in the third spot. But his driving experience and risky behavior helped him to surpass Fischella to reach the top position. From that point of time, he has dominated well and managed to maintain his lead till the very lead. Everyone has expected a dramatic twist in the race once the rain came down when there were five laps to go and Alonso was just 12 second behind Schumacher. Under that pressure situation, he has kept his nerves and fought well. When Alonso was charging up in the wet condition, any sort of mistake from Schumi might damage his chances for the driver’s championship. Even though he has struggled a bit with the unexpected wet situation, his control over the vehicle was exceptional. I would say, that’s the quality of a Classic Grand Prix driver. When he came back to the pit after the checkered flag, he has celebrated his victory with his teammates by jumping over the barricades. That itself shows how much he has cherished to win over here in Shanghai.Anyway a dazzling performance from the 37-year old German. A truly amazing race, I have ever witnessed. In this rain-hit Chinese Grand Prix no one has expected a victory for Schumacher. But he has done it and done it in a style. No words can describe his today’s performance. Hats off to Schumi!!! With two more races to go, the races for driver’s championship and Constructor’s title is still on. Hope Schumi, Mazza and Ferrari will do well in the forthcoming races and will give a great farewell for this Greatest Ever Driver of F1!!!