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Schuie excuses #243 Motion sickness in the simulator

Sim sickness compromises Schumacher’s preparations


Michael Schumacher‘s preparations for the forthcoming season, his second since returning to the sport after three years in retirement, have been compromised by the fact that he suffers bouts of sickness when working on the team simulator.

Talking to the BBC, a Mercedes GP spokesperson said: “Throughout his career, Michael from time to time, has been susceptible to simulator sickness. It hasn’t adversely affected Michael’s race preparation or competitiveness with regard to his team-mate.

“Simulator sickness has affected the length of time that he can spend on a simulator,” the spokesperson continued. “This is a relatively common occurrence for many people in all fields of simulator activity including military, aircraft and racing cars. The simulator is one of a number of tools which drivers use to prepare for the race weekend, but Michael has not been disadvantaged as together with his engineers he has made his simulation work effective.

“The situation has been exacerbated by the level of our current simulator technology,” added the spokesperson. “For many reasons, we have invested in higher quality and more realistic simulation equipment which will be completed and available for our drivers shortly.”

He’d better steer clear of ZDoom then!

Top 5 overtaking moves

With the talk of 2011 now the prospect of more overtaking courtesy of adjustable rear wing and KERS, I thought I'd present my top 5 "vanilla" overtakes without the need for gimmicks.

In ascending order:

5. Alonso vs Heidfeld at Magny Cours in 2007. Perfectly judged by both drivers, absolute commitment and jaw dropping to watch.

4. Villeneuve vs Schumacher, Portugal 1996. Needing a win to stay in contention will championship leader Hill, Jacques found himself behind Schumacher in traffic. Taking full advantage of backmarkers, he got a run into the final corner and sat it out around the outside. Later Schuie told Jacques he shouldn’t have even attempted the move, and in an echo of James Hunt vs Mario Andretii at Zolder 2 decades previously, Jacques told him he’d damn well overtake wherever he liked.

3. Mansell vs Piquet, Silverstone 1987. A classic Mansell LAST 10 LAPS NEW TYRES MANSELL CHARGE, he made it all the more special by doing it in front of his home crowd.

2. Senna vs the world, lap 1 Donnington 1993. The embodiment of driver at one with his car, he made everyone else look like they were parked on the track. No matter how much I dislike most of his other “let me through or we’ll crash” overtakes, this was 2 minutes of pure genius.

1. Mansell vs Berger Mexico 1990. On fresh tyres, Berger caught and passed Mansell (himself on very worn tyres) with big lunge at the end of the straight which Nige did well to see coming. Having been woken up from his pretty average pace, our Nige proceeded to put on one of his famous late race charges although uniquely on used tyres. On the penultimate lap he sold two dummies and sold one up *the outside* of the 160mph banked final corner. Total fighting spirit.