SEP 22nd 2014

Classic F1: Rosberg's woes remind us of a great Schumacher feat...

Nico Rosberg had a torrid weekend in Singapore as his team mate and fierce rival Lewis Hamilton took control of the title race. As the British driver led the field, Rosberg was stuck at the back of the pack, unable to use the vital 4th gear, and unable to make use of his car’s full performance.

Ultimately Rosberg had no choice but to retire the car, but the sight of him driving though a gearbox problem and valiantly struggling to keep up with the pack reminded us of another young German driver from two decades previous…

Wind the clock back and it was Michael Schumacher sat at the front of the grid at the 1994 Spanish Grand Prix. After building up a significant lead his gearbox develops a fault and refuses to budge from 5th gear, robbing him of both corner exit punch and top speed on the straights. Despite this, he was able to not only survive two pitstops without stalling, but clung on to second place behind Damon Hill (who scored an emotional win for Williams). After the race Schumacher cited his World Sports Car experience as a factor in finding the necessary style and lines required to nurse the car home, which you can see for yourself in this onboard video.

A timely reminder of Schumacher’s greatness…

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