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What is going to happen if Ferrari and Michael fail at San Marino? More importantly, what is going to happen if Michael�s baby brother fails there?

Three races, 8 points each, that�s hardly a fair indicator of the relative talents. Michael has uncharacteristically failed to excel and Ralf has characteristically survived. Michael has not kept the run of luck that saw him sweep all before his invincible Ferrari last year but he could still turn that around. He needs the new car, if only to re-establish the supremacy of the marque. I am actually still not convinced that the current Ferrari isn�t the best car on the paddock. Michelin has had their hot and wet away tracks and now Bridgestone should be back in their comfort zone, with cool, dry European circuits tilting the field in favour of the red cars. Some are saying that Michael lacks motivation and there is even speculation of early retirement. Bullshit!

He is still the fittest and most focussed driver in the circus and will come back with a vengeance. I have never liked Chop (Schuey!) but I�ve also never underestimated either the talent or the drive of the man. He will win many races in 2003; will certainly stay favourite for the Drivers World Championship and he�ll probably start his charge at Imola. While the heart supports Kimi, the head is firmly in the Schumacher camp. Even another poor performance at San Marino won't mean a please explain letter for MS.

As for the other brother, his days are numbered. Sir Frank, despite his perpetually forgiving and supportive fatherly nature towards his drivers, must be getting just a little tired of Ralf�s lack of performance. Ralf cannot have too many more brownie points to use up. If he manages another superb qualifying effort only 10 places behind Juan Pablo at San Marino that might just exhaust them.

Any driver that straps himself into an F1 car is very good. Those drivers however must be measured against their peers, not Fred Average. Ralf�s pedestrian efforts to date support my long held belief that, in this company, he�s a loser. He has had the benefit of a name that got him into a very quick car and he�s now managing to combine the speed of that car with his minimal talents to scale the heights of mediocrity. How much longer he can survive in the face of the Columbian onslaught will be down to Sir Frank�s reluctance to admit he made a mistake. I, for one, hope that the brain controls the ego very soon and Ralf gets relegated to a position more appropriate to his talent � as a spectator!

The Quali-flyer
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Reader's comments:

If as you say Michael requires the new Ferrari to regain his dominance on the track, then you have to question the supposition that he is the best driver on the F1 circuit today. 
I think he is an excellent driver, who while at the head of the pack excels but cannot drive under pressure, which to me is the mark of an excellent F1 driver. I think more and more this year as the new rules level the playing field somewhat we will see errors keep him off the podium and break Ferraris dominance. 
*whisper* And I don't like him either - Mel - Australia


I guess we will just have to agree to disagree. Michael performed flawlessly at Imola under unimaginable pressure, only some of which was on the track. If ever he was going to make either forced or unforced errors (ok, he made one brief excursion over the lawn but I don't think he was at any risk of losing it) then San Marino was the perfect place for them.

No, I still don't like him but he proved his talent yet again. I suggested he needs the new car only because, at that stage, it was assumed the new McLaren would be in use soon. Until that car appears the F2002 will do just fine. Michael has the talent and the car to win many more races, unfortunately for him Kimi does too. Michael is still, in my opinion (and since it's my soap-box thats the one that counts) the premier driver but the new scoring system means he will have to perform superbly to gnaw away at the gap Kimi has built.

I believe everyone else is irrelevant, it's down to those two to provide a champion for 2003. and to quote a brilliant commentator "While the heart supports Kimi, the head is firmly in the Schumacher camp" - The Quali-flyer

I surely agree that Ralf is the spoil sport at Williams. Sir Frank must do something fast and i hope the Columbian spoils MS's party for long. Damn that German is good but i love Juan Pablo more - Marshall - Zimbabwe


Maybe Ralf has heeded the wake-up call, he's in front of JPM on the grid again in Spain. I can't see it lasting though. Who knows whether its that he is coming to grips with the car (I doubt it) or just that he is back in his comfort zone with tracks that he knows very well (far more likely). Either way I think think this is a short term change and he'll be back to being the hopeless Ralf we all know and can't love pretty soon - The Quali-flyer

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