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Photos are from Planet F1 unless otherwise noted.I missed the glory days of Michael Schumacher in Formula One racing. I didn’t start my love affair with Formula One until 2011, so I only went through a whole season seeing Schumi race in a Mercedes that wasn’t so great.

Schumacher is an absolute Formula One legend, having won more titles and races than anyone in history. His domination was much like what we see now from Sebastian Vettel – and I hear that the audience was a bit tired of him as they are getting of Vettel as well. Regardless of that, he is the clear choice for the best F1 driver in history, at least in terms of winning.

On December 30, Schumacher was skiing in France and fell, hitting his head and cracking his safety helmet. He has been in a medically induced coma since being taken to a hospital, and has had 2 surgeries to relieve swelling and or hematomas on his brain.

David Coulthard wrote an amazing piece on how he hopes Schumacher survives this and gets to see how he is finally hearing nice things about himself. Not being afraid to talk about how you are the best driver in the world doesn’t always make you everyone’s favorite. We know he isn’t a bad guy though, he gives insane money to charity and is a family man. He seemed pretty humble to me when I watched him in 2011 and 2012, before he retired for a second time. I’m sure that had to do with the fact that he had not performed in the Mercedes as he had hoped, but he had it in him, which is more important.

Here’s hoping Schumi recovers from this terrible accident.

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Formula One -derland: Europe and Great Britain

by Jamie Sanford on September 8, 2012

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Valencia and Silverstone! I am so behind on Formula One posting.

Europe (Valencia, Spain)

Spain was exciting because it was getting to the point where SOMEONE had to be the second to win more than one race in a season. Fernando “Eyebrows” Alonso was hoping for a chance to win or at least end up on the podium at his home race, but ended up starting 11th after qualifying. I was feeling like we would see Sebastian Vettel pick up the win as he was starting from pole, but the race went a different way.

(Photos from Planet F1 – click for their full gallery)

So Vettel got off to a good start, as is normal for him, and looked to be building himself quite a lead. However, the safety car was determined to rain all over his parade. Meanwhile, Eyebrows had worked his way up from 11th and was in 3rd when the race restarted post-safety car deployment. Fernando moved into second over Romain Grosjean, and then in lap 33, Vettel’s car just seemed to shut off. (This happened to me once, it was the timing belt. Do Formula One cars even have those?) He was CLEARLY pissed, and stomped off to pout about it. Meanwhile, Eyebrows Alonso was fast on his way to winning his second race in 2012. Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton and Iceman Kimi Räikkönen were battling for 2nd. Kimi managed to pass Lewis, and soon enough, Master D-Bag Pastor Maldonado managed to catch up with Lewis and pull a dick move that ruined his own race and ended Lewis’. Pastor finished 10th, but was downgraded to 12th after a 20-second penalty was applied for causing a collision. Keeping cool throughout the drama, Michael Schumacher ended up finishing 3rd, his first podium since 2006.

(Photos from Planet F1 – click for their full gallery)

Fernando knows which way to point the champagne.

Great Britain (Silverstone)

This race was not too long before the Olympics. I guess England decided to just get all of the rain of the year out of the way in a few weeks time, because it was hella rainy, and watching Friday practice was a joke. Even after the track dried, everything else was still a soggy mess. Like the grass.

(Photos from Planet F1 – click for their full gallery)

The race started without much drama, save for that with Paul di Resta, who suffered a rear puncture so early on that he retired after finally making it back around to the pits. Fernando Alonso held on to the lead for the majority of the race, until eventually being caught by Mark Webber, on a different tire strategy. Alonso did not put up much of a fight as he seemed to know it was a lost cause, but managed to retain 2nd place over Sebastian Vettel who finished 3rd. Pastor Maldonado ended up shooting himself in the foot again by colliding with Sergio Perez, causing Perez to have to retire, and left Maldonado well out of the points in 16th. Maldonado was fined 10,000 Euros for causing the accident with Perez. Ass.

(Photos from Planet F1 – click for their full gallery)

This happened on the podium. Lots of win for Mark Webber.

Next up, Germany and Hungary.

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Formula One -derland: Spain, Monaco, Canada

by Jamie Sanford on June 12, 2012

The excitement of the 2012 Formula One season has CONTINUED. I am behind on the Formula One -derland posts, but you will still get the idea. The result so far has been 7 different winners of 7 races. At this time last year, Sebastian Vettel was annoyingly ahead in the driver’s championship points, while right now, the spread between the top 5 is ridiculously close.

Spain

Spain was a bit controversial from qualifying, where Lewis Hamilton qualified P1 and then was sent to the back of the grid for having too little fuel in the tank at the end of quali. This seemed like an overly harsh punishment, and Eddie Jordan definitely agreed with me. This put Pastor Maldonado, who I was not expecting, in P1, but 2012 is a weird season so nothing should be surprising.

(Photos from Planet F1 – click for their full gallery)

Early in the race, Fernando “Eyebrows” Alonso pulled ahead of Maldonado from P2, and it was an eventual speedy pit stop by the Williams team that allowed Maldonado to take the lead back and hold on to it for the rest of the race. That started to get boring, so focus was put on other things like HIGHLY EXPERIENCED Michael Schumacher plowing into the back of Bruno Senna, who was already having a crap weekend of being completely shown up by his teammate. I felt bad for Bruno, and am sad to see Schumie having such a bad season, because his teammate has already won a race.

(Photos from Planet F1 – click for their full gallery)

The final result was Maldonado winning the race, with Eyebrows behind him, and Iceman Kimi Räikkönen in 3rd. Check out Kimi in the picture, looking thrilled as always. You can also see some amazing Eyebrows action.

(Photos from Planet F1 – click for their full gallery)

Still not sure about this champagne business.

Monaco

Ahh, Monaco. You are the fanciest of grand prix, with your rich people and fancy yachts, and lots of Formula 1 drivers as residents because you are a tax haven.

(Images from Planet F1 – check out their gallery here)

Qualifying was busy, as Pastor Maldonado caused an unfortunate crash with Sergio Perez that ended with a 10-spot grid penalty. Michael Schumacher would have started on pole (notorious for being the winner’s position due to the lack of overtaking that generally takes place in Monaco) but his grid penalty from the last race where he crashed into Bruno Senna was enforced putting him 6th on the grid. Mark Webber ended up on pole position, with Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton behind him.

(Photos from Planet F1 – check out their gallery here)

Going airborne is generally frowned upon. Unfortunately, Kamui Kobayashi clipped another car during the start and managed to survive the car jumping into the air, but only enough to drive to the pits and retire for suspension damage. The top 3 in the grid held out the race for a while, and it was obvious that pit stop strategy was going to play a big role. There was some turnover in the ranks, but nothing major. Monaco seems to be more of an endurance race than anything else, because those drivers have to WORK to not hit walls and such. There was a bit of movement in the ranks, but the result was Mark Webber winning the race, Nico Rosberg in P2 and Eyebrows Alonso taking the last slot on the podium.

(Photos from Planet F1 – check out their gallery here)

Then this happened after the race. WTF, Mark Webber.

Canada

Canada is quickly becoming my favorite race. Last year and this year were AWESOME, I’m thinking the track is just designed in such a way that there is always something happening. Last year, Jenson Button awesomely (yes, awesomely) won the race after Sebastian Vettel slipped around a corner, which is the thing I remember the most. This year was FULL of overtaking and positions changing, and I did a lot of yelling at the TV.

(Photos from Planet F1 – check out their gallery here)

Sebastian Vettel (who I like a tiny bit more since I watched him on Letterman) was on pole position by a big margin after qualifying. However, his early lead didn’t last long, it was another race where pitting at the right time would completely change your positioning. Lewis Hamilton, Eyebrows Alonso and Romain Grosjean were all in the lead at some point, but in the end, tire strategy was the determining factor for the victory. Lewis stopped again to change tires, and ended up winning the race, while Romain Grosjean and Sergio Perez had no trouble passing Vettel and Eyebrows, as their tires were just done. I was happy that Lewis finally got to win a race, he has been qualifying well all season but could not pull out a victory, so good for him.

(Photos from Planet F! – click to see the whole gallery)

Lewis also has a better handle on the champagne situation, not setting himself up for creepy photos. Congratulations Lewis!

Valencia and Silverstone coming up in a few weeks. I can’t wait to see who the first repeat winner will be!

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Formula One -derland: China and Bahrain

by Jamie Sanford on April 26, 2012

Formula One in 2012 is AMAZING so far, and China was no joke. I had been hurting for some racing action in the 3 weeks between Malaysia and China, so I was super excited to watch practice, and of course, qualifying. I also had a connection that allowed me to watch the race coverage from the BBC, which is way better than the Speed coverage, which has commercials! During the race! WTF!

China

Anyway, I half-watched practice coverage for the Chinese Grand Prix from Speed, and then was pretty surprised during qualifying, when Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg claimed pole position, with his teammate and F1 legend Michael Schumacher in 3rd position on the grid. Lewis Hamilton split them up, but he’s been doing well in quali all season so this was not surprising.  Lewis would be dropped to 7th on the grid though, as he changed a gearbox and so had to deal with the penalty.

The grid. Photo from PlanetF1.

The Mercedes cars had a wonderful start and Nico Rosberg started to build his lead very early, with Schumacher holding back the rest of the pack quite well. That lead would last throughout the whole race, Rosberg only losing the number 1 spot due to the staggered nature of pit stops.  Unfortunately, a pit stop sidelined his teammate, Michael Schumacher, who devastatingly had to retire from the race when his front right tire was not actually attached to the car when he pulled away.

Nico managed to maintain his lead, while there was a massive competition for the following podium spots. There was a train of cars throughout the race which I have not seen in my short time as an F1 fan, and tire strategy ruined podium opportunities for both Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel, who tried stopping only 2 times only to have their tires just fall off the cliff, with no grip or performance left.  Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton from McClaren, and then Mark Webber from Red Bull, ended up passing Vettel toward the end of the race, but the victory was all about Nico Rosberg, who was 21 seconds ahead.  It was Nico’s first Formula One victory, and was fun to watch him celebrate.

Go Nico! This picture is also from Planet F1. Click the link to see their whole gallery of photos from the race.

Bahrain

The Bahrain race was dramatic weeks before it even took place. There was a lot of questioning around the race due to the ongoing political unrest there, a situation that caused last year’s grand prix to be cancelled.  Bernie Ecclestone was not about to lose any money, so he said that the government of Bahrain ensured that everything would be OK.

Things were obviously not all sunshine and flowers, because some Force India mechanics left Bahrain before the race, after being subjected to a close call with some molotov cocktails thrown by protesters. The Force India team ended up skipping the 2nd free practice session, apparently to get all of their team back into their hotels before nightfall.

So, onto the race. After a slightly mediocre start to the season, the 2-time champion Sebastian Vettel managed to claim pole position during qualifying. His stupid finger pointing came back with a vengeance, because you know that he missed it. Ugh, I am still not a fan of him at all. Usual suspects Lewis Hamilton and Mark Webber rounded out the top 3. My boy Paul di Resta made it into Q3, but didn’t take part and would start 10th.

Barf. But PlanetF1 is cool and this is their photo.

The race was a combination of what we saw in 2011 and so far in 2012. Sebastian Vettel led from pole and maintained his lead throughout the race (except for weirdness during pit stops), but the rest of the podium was filled with Lotus drivers Kimi Raikkonen and rookie Romain Grojean. Raikkonen had some close calls where it looked like he would pass Vettel, but unfortunately, he just didn’t have enough.

2012 so far is still amazing. 4 races, 4 different winners, and a large number of different people who have had podium spots, instead of just Red Bull, McClaren and Ferrari all the time. There are enough drivers to have a different winner for every race of this year, but I find it unlikely that an HRT driver will be winning a race this year.

Spain in 3 weeks!

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Formula One -derland: Australia and Malaysia

by Jamie Sanford on March 26, 2012

The 2012 Formula One season started with back-to-back race weekends when I was really too busy to even be excited about it. 3 weeks until China!

Australia

Can I just say, I am EXCITED for this season already. Other than having to watch Speed Network’s F1 coverage which isn’t as enjoyable as the coverage from the BBC (and I saw a bit of Sky Sports coverage too, not too impressed there either), the Australia race weekend was full of surprises.

After McClaren locked out the front row in qualifying, Jenson Button pulled ahead at the beginning of the race and stayed there.  Champion of 2010 and 2011 Sebastian Vettel did not do too well in qualifying but pulled out a second place finish after an unfortunately slow pit stop that put Lewis Hamilton into third.  In response, Lewis acted like a baby and pouted during the podium ceremony, instead of enjoying the moment and focusing on the great points haul for McLaren.

My love for Jenson Button is continually growing. I enjoy him so much.

I am devastated that the amazing video I was going to share of Pastor Maldonado’s race in the style of Mario Kart is gone now. Poor Pastor was doing so well and crashed out during the last lap. The video blames this on a banana peel, naturally. If it comes back, I will post it.

Malaysia

The Malaysian race had no lack of drama, the least of which was my DVR not recording the last 15 laps because of the hour-long rain delay that had Jenson Button in the hospitality lounge having a cup of tea and some pasta. Seriously, that’s what we were hearing while Speed was doing whatever they could to fill time.  We did see some fun footage of old races though, so that was enjoyable. Also, Speed cut most of the delay out when they rebroadcast so I got to see everything else.

McClaren owned qualifying again (Lewis Hamilton on pole, Jenson Button in P2), but this qualifying resulted in Formula One legend (more on that later) and Mercedes driver Michael Schumacher in 3rd position on the grid. I have never seen Schumi get interviewed in the top 3 before, so that was a new experience. Golden Boy (and not my favorite, if it isn’t obvious) Sebastian Vettel qualified 6th.

Onto the legend thing. Speed showed this intro where all of the drivers that are past champions were turned into weird comic book characters. I need to find screenshots of the others, they are all hilarious and wrong.

Anyway, so the race restarted after the delay, and other than Bruno Senna plowing through the pack, there were not too many changes in lineup. Both Jenson Button and Sebastian Vettel came together with Narain Karthikeyan, resulting in damage to their cars. Jenson took the blame for his accident, while Sebastian did not take the high road.

He was upset. But the finger wasn’t enough.

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He went out and called another driver an idiot after the race. Clearly, not winning all the time does not make wittle Sebastian a happy boy.

Seriously, Sebastian. Stop it. I like Formula One so much because the drivers are generally not complete d-bags. Don’t ruin it.

Fernando Alonso won the race in his POS Ferrari that hasn’t performed AT ALL this season.  He was really excited, and I was happy for him too.

However, I cannot be happier for anyone than 22-year-old Sergio Perez of the Sauber team, who was chasing Alonso like crazy at the end of the race, and managed to score his first career podium and BIG points for his team which will make a really big difference in the constructor’s championship.  Look at his big smile!  Lewis Hamilton came in third again, and seemed slightly less pissy about it than last week.  I guess 3rd isn’t so bad when your teammate, who won a week ago, finishes 14th.

China in a few weeks. The season is so hot already!

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