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  1. Q & A with Michael Schumacher

    Q. You have conceded the championship to Fernando Alonso. Will you not still be trying everything in Brazil?

    Michael Schumacher: Of course we will try everything, but you cannot count on someone retiring. The first thing for us to think about is the constructors' championship and we will have to see what we can do.

    Q. But if you win and Fernando Alonso retires then you can still be champion?

    MS: Yes, very hypothetically. But this is not really the way I want to go to Brazil. I would like to fight for the championship on the track. I have no reason to be unhappy. We have won so much together and there was so much good work done over the year. To lose the championship now is life and I can live with it very well. I love the guys here. I don't see it as anyone's fault. It is just circumstance.

    Q. You were seen shaking the hands of the mechanics. Were you telling them it was over?

    MS: You can only say that life exists and is full of ups and downs. We have done so many great things together. After Canada no one believed in the championship but we kept it open until almost the last moment. But the title for the drivers' is over now. I don't want to believe in me winning and my opponent not scoring one point, or not finishing.

    That is not the basis I want to go into the race with. But there is no reason to be too disappointed with what we achieved this year. I have no hard feelings. That is what life is. Sometimes it is sweet, sometimes it is not.

    Q. Do you really believe it is over?

    MS: This is what I say. I don't want to start a race believing and hoping that someone will retire. That is not the basis I want to win the championship on.

    Q. So how do you approach Brazil?

    MS: I see it as my last race and I will do the best I can. I will be happy with whatever comes out at the end.

    Q. What exactly happened on the 37th lap?

    MS: There was no engine any more and everything went up in smoke.

    Q. Were there any signs beforehand that there was a problem?

    MS: No.

    Q. What went through your mind when it happened?

    MS: You know it is a retirement, you know you lose 10 points and you know the consequences. And you also know in the first moments that the championship was decided like this.

    Q. What did you say to the mechanics?

    MS: I was just thanking them. I really believe the championship is over, so I wanted to thank them all personally. We know Fernando only needs one point and we know what a good driver he is so it should not be a problem for him. We will go to Brazil giving the best we can but that will be more for the constructors' championship.

    Q. What was the race like until that moment?

    MS: It went very much according to plan. We were quick at those moments that we wanted to be quick and the result looking like it was going to go well.

    Q. How long do you think it will take you to get over the disappointment?

    MS: Not too long. As I have said, I can live very well with this. I tried everything I could this year, and we all together tried everything we could. But in the end it didn't work out. That is it.

  2. Qualifying results

    P. No Driver Team - Engine Tyres Times Ave/Gaps

    1. 6 MASSA Ferrari B 1'29"599 233.320 Km/h :tup: :nw:

    2. 5 M.SCHUMACHER Ferrari B 1'29"711 233.028 Km/h :tup: :nw:

    3. 7 R.SCHUMACHER Toyota B 1'29"989 232.308 Km/h

    4. 8 TRULLI Toyota B 1'30"039 232.179 Km/h

    5. 1 ALONSO Renault M 1'30"371 231.326 Km/h

    6. 2 FISICHELLA Renault M 1'30"599 230.744 Km/h

    7. 12 BUTTON Honda M 1'30"992 229.748 Km/h

    8. 11 BARRICHELLO Honda M 1'31"478 228.527 Km/h

    9. 16 HEIDFELD BMW Sauber M 1'31"513 228.440 Km/h

    10. 10 ROSBERG Williams Cosworth B 1'31"856 227.587 Km/h

    11. 3 RAIKKONEN McLaren Mercedes M 1'30"827 230.165 Km/h

    12. 17 KUBICA BMW Sauber M 1'31"094 229.490 Km/h

    13. 4 DE LA ROSA McLaren Mercedes M 1'31"254 229.088 Km/h

    14. 9 WEBBER Williams Cosworth B 1'31"276 229.033 Km/h

    15. 20 LIUZZI Toro Rosso Cosw. M 1'31"943 227.371 Km/h

    16. 19 ALBERS Midland Toyota B 1'33"750 222.989 Km/h

    17. 14 COULTHARD RedBull Ferrari M 1'32"252 226.610 Km/h

    18. 15 DOORNBOS RedBull Ferrari M 1'32"402 226.242 Km/h

    19. 21 SPEED Toro Rosso Cosw. M 1'32"867 225.109 Km/h

    20. 22 SATO S. Aguri F1 Honda B 1'33"666 223.189 Km/h

    21. 18 MONTEIRO Midland Toyota B 1'33"709 223.086 Km/h

    22. 23 YAMAMOTO S. Aguri F1 Honda B 0'00"000

  3. Schumacher takes championship lead in China

    Michael Schumacher scooped his seventh win of the season, his first points in the Chinese Grand Prix ever, and crucially the lead in the drivers' championship in a completely unpredictable Chinese Grand Prix at Shanghai. Alonso recovered from numerous set backs to salvage second place ahead of team mate Giancarlo Fisichella. read more....

    whooooohoooooooooooooo!!! :tup: :nw: amazing race (after L10!!) and incredible victory by Michael Schumacher!!! Alonso had to be at least satisfied with the 2nd position after this race!! With 2 gps left we have a TIE, Schumacher and Alonso have 116 points each, but MS has 7 wins and FA 6!

    Grand Prix of China - 1 October 2006 - Race

    Pos. Driver Team Time Points

    1 M. Schumacher Ferrari 4:37:32.747 10

    2 F. Alonso Renault + 3.121 8

    3 G. Fisichella Renault + 44.197 6

    4 J. Button Honda + 1:12.056 5

    5 P. de la Rosa McLaren + 1:17.137 4

    6 R. Barrichello Honda + 1:19.131 3

    7 N. Heidfeld BMW + 1:31.979 2

    8 M. Webber Williams + 1:43.588 1

    9 D. Coulthard Red Bull + 1:43.796

    10 V. Liuzzi Scuderia Toro Rosso + 1 laps

    11 N. Rosberg Williams + 1 laps

    12 R. Doornbos Red Bull + 1 laps

    13 R. Kubica BMW + 1 laps

    14 T. Sato Super Aguri + 1 laps

    15 S. Speed Scuderia Toro Rosso + 1 laps

    16 C. Albers Spyker MF1 + 3 laps

    17 S. Yamamoto Super Aguri + 4 laps

    Did not finish

    18 R. Schumacher Toyota + 7 laps

    19 F. Massa Ferrari + 12 laps

    20 J. Trulli Toyota + 18 laps

    21 T. Monteiro Spyker MF1 + 19 laps

    22 K. Räikkönen McLaren + 38 laps

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    Next grp in 1 week in Japan!!

  4. Qualyfing Results (under rain)

    Pos. Driver Team Time

    1 F. Alonso Renault 1:44.360

    2 G. Fisichella Renault 1:44.992

    3 R. Barrichello Honda 1:45.503

    4 J. Button Honda 1:45.503

    5 K. Raikkonen McLaren 1:45.754

    6 M. Schumacher Ferrari 1:45.775

    7 P. de la Rosa McLaren 1:45.877

    8 N. Heidfeld BMW 1:46.053

    9 R. Kubica BMW 1:46.632

    10 R. Doornbos Red Bull 1:48.021

    11 S. Speed Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:45.851

    12 D. Coulthard Red Bull 1:45.968

    13 F. Massa Ferrari 1:45.970

    14 V. Liuzzi Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:46.172

    15 M. Webber Williams 1:46.413

    16 N. Rosberg Williams 1:47.419

    17 R. Schumacher Toyota 1:48.894

    18 J. Trulli Toyota 1:49.098

    19 C. Albers Spyker MF1 1:49.542

    20 T. Monteiro Spyker MF1 1:49.903

    21 T. Sato Super Aguri 1:50.326

    22 S. Yamamoto Super Aguri 1:55.560

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  5. Let the games begin!

    Shanghai, Japan and Brazil are the 3 last stops for F1! Both championships are really tight and it's gonna be an exciting finale!

    Friday's 1st FP Results

    Pos. Driver Team Time Laps

    1 A. Wurz Williams 1:35.574 21

    2 A. Davidson Honda 1:35.591 26

    3 J. Button Honda 1:37.291 4

    4 M. Schumacher Ferrari 1:37.712 4

    5 N. Jani Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:37.734 21

    6 A. Premat Spyker MF1 1:37.787 24

    7 S. Vettel BMW 1:37.913 24

    8 R. Kubica BMW 1:38.062 6

    9 M. Ammermuller Red Bull 1:38.460 18

    10 F. Montagny Super Aguri 1:38.464 19

    11 V. Liuzzi Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:39.000 6

    12 R. Barrichello Honda 1:39.217 4

    13 S. Speed Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:39.428 7

    14 C. Albers Spyker MF1 1:39.494 6

    15 T. Sato Super Aguri 1:39.887 8

    16 T. Monteiro Spyker MF1 1:39.947 7

    17 S. Yamamoto Super Aguri 1:41.415 10

    18 K. Raikkonen McLaren 1:45.890 4

    19 N. Heidfeld BMW no time 1

    20 J. Trulli Toyota no time 2

    21 R. Schumacher Toyota no time 2

    22 D. Coulthard Red Bull no time 1

    23 R. Doornbos Red Bull no time 2

    24 F. Alonso Renault no time

    25 G. Fisichella Renault no time

    26 P. de la Rosa McLaren no time

    27 F. Massa Ferrari no time

    28 M. Webber Williams no time

    29 N. Rosberg Williams no time

    Friday's 2nd FP Results

    Pos. Driver Team Time Laps

    1 A. Wurz Williams 1:35.539 26

    2 S. Vettel BMW 1:35.579 23

    3 A. Davidson Honda 1:35.714 30

    4 F. Massa Ferrari 1:36.599 8

    5 M. Schumacher Ferrari 1:36.641 12

    6 F. Alonso Renault 1:36.739 10

    7 F. Montagny Super Aguri 1:37.278 26

    8 M. Ammermuller Red Bull 1:37.678 26

    9 T. Monteiro Spyker MF1 1:37.698 13

    10 G. Fisichella Renault 1:37.718 12

    11 J. Button Honda 1:37.861 10

    12 P. de la Rosa McLaren 1:38.022 9

    13 M. Webber Williams 1:38.045 6

    14 N. Heidfeld BMW 1:38.062 11

    15 A. Premat Spyker MF1 1:38.098 26

    16 R. Barrichello Honda 1:38.276 16

    17 R. Schumacher Toyota 1:38.888 14

    18 J. Trulli Toyota 1:38.959 11

    19 S. Speed Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:39.080 18

    20 N. Jani Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:39.118 28

    21 K. Raikkonen McLaren 1:39.179 4

    22 R. Kubica BMW 1:39.217 5

    23 N. Rosberg Williams 1:39.522 15

    24 V. Liuzzi Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:39.570 20

    25 S. Yamamoto Super Aguri 1:39.636 22

    26 D. Coulthard Red Bull 1:40.155 15

    27 R. Doornbos Red Bull 1:40.214 15

    28 C. Albers Spyker MF1 1:40.319 14

    29 T. Sato Super Aguri 1:41.315 9

    Massa and Sato will face a 10place penalty at QLF for changing engines

  6. Turkey has been fined today five million US dollars by the FIA's World Motor Sport Council - the largest fine in motorsport history.

    The National Sporting Authority of Turkey (TOSFED) and the Organisers of the Turkish Grand Prix (MSO) were found to be in breach of the FIA statutes, the international sporting code and Formula One regulations with a controversial podium ceremony at last month's race in Istanbul.

    Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, who was introduced to millions of viewers around the world as the 'President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus', presented the winner's trophy to Ferrari's Brazilian Felipe Massa.

    Cyprus has been split since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded the northern part of the Mediterranean island after a brief, Greek-inspired coup. Only Turkey recognises the north.

    The Grand Prix faced risk of being removed from future Formula One calendars, but after an extraordinary meeting of the WMSC today, the governing body decided to fine the event organisers, saying it "has found against [both organisations] on all counts," ordering the TOSFED and MSO to pay a combined total of US$5 million.

  7. Of course Alonso is now furious not only for getting that penalty but also for having a DNF on Sunday's race, so the Spanniard fought back in an other way:

    Reigning world champion Fernando Alonso believes that for all his talent, German championship rival Michael Schumacher has been the most unsporting driver in the history of Formula One.

    Schumacher announced his end-of-season retirement after his victory in the Monza Grand Prix in Italy on Sunday, but not before reducing his deficit on the Spaniard to just two points with three races remaining.

    It means Schumacher is now in contention for an eighth world title - however that has failed to impress Renault driver Alonso.

    Schumacher's critics talk of his questionable racing ethics, and purists argue that the German should not be included in the pantheon of greatest racing drivers alongside Juan Manuel Fangio of Argentina, Scotland's Jim Clark or Englishman Stirling Moss.

    And Alonso, who had a disastrous weekend of racing at Monza, was keen to join those who have often questioned the less sporting aspects of the 37-year-old German's statistically impressive career.

    "He's been the most penalised and is the most unsporting driver in the history of Formula One," Alonso said in daily sports paper Marca on Tuesday.

    Alonso even claimed that French football legend Zinedine Zidane, who capped his retirement from football with an audacious World Cup final headbutt on Italian rival Marco Materrazzi, had gone out with more glory.

    "Despite his headbutt, Zidane even left with more glory," added Alonso.

    In Saturday's qualifying Alonso was relegated from fifth to tenth on the grid for an infringement which Renault contested vehemently, and he then failed to finish the race on Sunday when his engine blew.

    Alonso now only has races in China, Japan and Brazil, the season-ender on October 22, to defend his title against Schumacher.

    The Spaniard did give his German rival some credit, however. "He's been the best driver in the sport, and competing against him has been an honour," said Alonso.


    the answer came a couple of days later but not from Schumacher

    Weber: Alonso's insult 'below belt'

    Michael Schumacher's manager has accused Fernando Alonso of "pitiful behaviour" after the Formula One world champion described the German ace as the least sporting driver of all time.

    Bild newspaper quoted Willi Weber on Wednesday as saying that Alonso's comment to Spain's Radio Marca was an "unbelievable insult, totally below the belt."

    "I regard Alonso as a brilliant driver, but his behaviour right now is just pitiful. Michael will give him a suitable answer on the track," Weber said.

    The remarks will ensure an even more spirited end to the 2006 championship, with Renault's Alonso two points clear of Ferrari's Schumacher going into the final three races. Schumacher is then to retire from the sport.

    Alonso was incensed after he was demoted five places to 10th on Sunday's grid in Monza for impeding the qualifying lap of Ferrari driver Felipe Massa.

    Schumacher won at Monza while Alonso pulled over with a blown engine 10 laps from the end.

    The Spaniard later attacked what he saw as institutional bias in favour of Schumacher and Ferrari, suggesting on Sunday that there was a conspiracy to hand Schumacher an eighth title.

    Alonso told Radio Marca that Schumacher was "the most unsporting driver with the largest number of sanctions in the history of Formula One."

    Weber, who has represented the seven times world champion since 1988, demanded an apology from Alonso for what he called "unfair and cheap" remarks.


    Ferrari announces that the agreement with the driver Felipe Massa has been

    extended until the end of the 2008 season.

    Ferrari also announces that it has reached an agreement with the driver Kimi

    Raikkonen to cover the 2007, 2008 and 2009 racing seasons.

    Massa and Raikkonen will form the Scuderia

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