As promised earlier this year, Michael Schumacher ran a demonstration lap around Nürburgring behind the wheel of a 2011 Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 W02.
For those of you who have missed the run, Mercedes has unveiled a video featuring Michael Schumacher, current Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 driver Nico Rosberg, Bernd Schneider, Bernd Mayländer, and Karl Wendlinger driving some pretty cool Mercedes-AMG cars around the Nordschleife racetrack.
This was Schumacher way to say "Thank you!" to his fans for their years of loyal support during his F1 career. We have to admit, it is a nice way to thank your fans, but it would have been even better if the demonstration lap would have turned into a new lap record around the `Ring. But even so, the video is a must see for all the racing fans out there, and not only!
e’re pretty sure Mercedes will release more video of the run in the future, so stay tuned for more info.
As always, the Grand Prix of Monaco provided a fairly spectacular showing, likely one of the few in this year’s F1 series. As most would expect, Circuit de Monaco lap-time record holder and five-time winner, Michael Schumacher took the pole position, but officials forced him back five grid positions after he caused a collision during qualifying. With the technical nature of Monaco, that pole position is very important and Schumacher’s penalty was an ominous sign that this would not be a good race, as he retired due to fuel issues 63 laps in.
Schumacher’s penalty propelled Red Bull’s Mark Webber into the pole position. Webber held onto that pole position, despite a lead change during a pit stop, and took home the checkered flag on a rain-coated Circuit de Monaco. As we said in our preview of the 2012 Grand Prix of Monaco, this race had some serious overall points influence, as the leaders were only separated by a few points each.
This victory for Webber places propels him up to a second place tie with Sebastian Vettel at 73 points and puts Fernando Alonso, who finished third, in the points lead at 76. An impressive run by Nico Rosberg placed him in second, just behind Webber, proving that his wide margin of victory in China was not just a one-time deal. This superb finish by Rosberg jumps him up two slots to fifth place overall.
From the looks of it, this season is shaping up to be a rather close points race with a few new faces near the top. Unfortunately, the leader board, for the most part, looks identical to the 2011 and 2010 seasons. The lack of parody in F1 has really been its Achilles heel in recent history. An overall points victory by Nico Rosberg would certainly be a push in the right direction for F1, so we’ll keep a close eye on his performance.
Click past the jump to see the complete placement board for the 2012 Grand Prix of Monaco and the overall points standings.
Any Formula One fanatic out there will know that driving an F1 car is much harder than it seems. Not only do drivers have to survive constant pressures on their necks and all the other major muscles in the body because of the massive g-forces achieved, they also have the ability to change almost every setting imaginable from the advanced steering wheel all while practically lying down in the car, as Nico Rosberg explains in the following video.
While watching on from the outside, it’s obvious that F1 drivers sit in a very unconventional position, but Rosberg’s true driving position may surprise many. In order to fit comfortably in the car, the driver’s feet are actually placed higher up in the car than their helmets, and this obviously hampers blood flow to their feet.
During the video, Rosberg also explains how the teams go about forming and constructing the carbon-fiber seats and even goes on to state that individual pieces of foam are often used to help soften the rigid seats, with Rosberg mentioning that only limited amounts of foam can be used because in the world of Formula One, “foam is very heavy.”
Williams test driver Kazuki Nakajima will race for the team next season alongside Nico Rosberg. Nakajima made his competitive Formula One debut in the FW29 at last month’s season finale in Brazil, while Rosberg has been at the British squad for two seasons.
“I am delighted to confirm that Nico will be racing for the team for his third consecutive year after demonstrating impressive and widely applauded form in 2007,” commented team principal Frank Williams.
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