How about that.
Looks like we’re in for one interesting start to the 2012 F1 season folks. Especially after Michael Schumacher turned back time Friday and ended up with the fastest time in practice. But despite rolling back the years and bagging the first practice P1 of his comeback, Schumacher has urged caution.
Entering the third season of his F1 comeback, the seven-time World Champ proved to be the one to beat at a drying Albert Park circuit on Friday afternoon. Crossing the line with a 1:29.183, Michael Schumacher jumped to the front of the timesheets, 0.109s ahead of fellow German Nico Hulkenberg. It was the 43-year-old’s first time at finishing a practice day at the top of the standings since his return, however, he was quick to dispel any talk of it being a sign of things to come.
“Today was a nice start into a hopefully exciting season, and certainly two promising sessions for us,” he said. “However, I would not go so far as to speak about being confident, as the weather conditions were too mixed to gain a clear picture. We know what Friday sessions are for and don’t know what fuel loads others were running.”
“On the other hand, it is good to see that we were competitive in different circumstances today and that the car provides good handling – I just feel it.”
Schumacher, though, was not the only member of the Mercedes team adopting a cautious approach as team boss Ross Brawn admitted that the wet conditions did not offer an accurate perspective.
“It’s obviously been a patchy day with the weather conditions, however we have achieved a reasonable amount of work on varying fuel levels,” Brawn said. “Whilst the overall picture is still not clear, Michael and Nico seem quite happy with the cars at the end of today’s two practice sessions.”
“Tomorrow should see a dry morning, and we will start to get a better perspective.”
“Everything ran smoothly today which is a tribute to the team, and everyone at our factories in Brackley and Brixworth has done a very good job to prepare for this first race. So far at least, it’s going well.”
Who will win the 2012 F1 world championship? Bodog sportsbook has the odds.
Sebastian Vettel 2.10
Fernando Alonso 5.50
Lewis Hamilton 4.50
Kimi Raikkonen 8.50Comments