Alonso wins home race as Schumacher returns to podium
Fernando Alonso came from 11th on the grid to secure an emotional victory for Ferrari on the streets of Valencia. Sebastian Vettel had looked set for a dominant victory until he was forced into retirement shortly after a safety car period. Seven times champion Michael Schumacher secured the first podium since his comeback, aided by a late collision between Lewis Hamilton and Pastor Maldonaldo.
Congratulations on getting the first podium of your comeback Michael. You deserved it considering you had all of our technical failures this season, meaning I had scored the only podiums for the team.
Congrats on that string of podiums you've been putting together Britney, only 148 to go now and you'll match my collection of champagne bottles.
Paul di Resta
Since I am at the start of a stellar career which will inevitably see me overhaul your records Michael, and possibly take your Mercedes drive, I have a mixture of admiration for your achievement conflicting with the realisation that I will now have to demonstrate my sublime skills at the top level for another 18 years to surpass your longevity.
Word of advice Di Resta, taking my drive or surpassing my longevity will definitely be in doubt if you come anywhere near me on the pit straight next month in Hungary.
Age should be no barrier to success whether in life or in F1, as long as one's fundamental physical attributes and mental faculties are intact. In fact, the accumulation of experience is indeed vital to extracting a vital edge in one's business pursuits, or in the pursuit of one's immediate competitors on track.
As a driver who enjoyed considerable success at a relatively advanced age, winning back to back F1 and Indycar titles in my early 40s, I just want to take this opportunity to make a statement to congratulate Michael on his podium finish in the 2012 European Grand Prix, held at the Valencia Street Circuit, Spain. Michael has thus become the oldest driver on the podium since Jack Brabham in 1970, the outright oldest in F1 history being Luigi Fagioli in 1951. Even though Michael was older than myself when I set my pole lap in Adelaide in 1994 we are still behind the aforementioned Brabham, the late great Fangio, and Farina. More surprising still, even though I was 41 years and 97 days old when I won my last GP, at the aforementioned Adelaide 1994 race, I am only seventh in the all time list, headed by the aforementioned Fagioli, at 53 years 22 days, which means Michael would have to win on or after the 25th January 2022 to add that to his impressive list of F1 records.
Seb try to be calm, Adrian and I have discussed it and we believe there was a conspiracy at work in Valencia to destroy our race as we were dominating in typically Red Bull fashion. Frankly Fernando,
yesterday was not the first time in your career where you have earned a victory following a safety car brought about in suspicious circumstances.
Ungracious and paranoid in defeat...in typically Red Bull fashion. Actually Horner, little Piquet left quite a bit of debris on the track in Singapore when he had his "accident", so there was nothing untoward in deploying that safety car.
Nelson Piquet Jr.
Please Fernando, that is behind me. In fact, we were both race winners this weekend. I took my first victory in Nascar's Nationwide Series which I believe is the final step in restoring my credibility as a driver.
Slight difference in credibility between our two "wins" little Piquet, I triumphed against an elite field of F1 drivers, you were victorious against Max Papis, Jacques Villeneuve, and Danica Patrick. Well done.
On this subject Fernando, probably the most shocking motorsports story of the weekend was that Controversial Jacques had a controversial collision with Danica Patrick on the last lap of the Nationwide Race.
The most over-rated driver in the history of North-American single-seater racing collides with a bald Canadian twat. Yep, that's about as newsworthy as a bowel movement from Nellie the Elephant.
Speaking of controversial last lap collisions, great work Maldonaldo, nice you got revenge for Monaco last year. And cheers for the podium finish.
Lewis left me no room, he ruined another race for me and I got a penalty, which I hope will be overturned with the help of my biggest fan, President Chavez. All hail El Presidente!
I'm just gonna suck it up, I'm totally cool about it. The new mature Lewis doesn't let this stuff get him down.
Actually Lewis, the view of the McLaren Group is that given recent history with Pastor, it was extremely ill-advised of you to engage in a battle with him, thereby wasting valuable championship points.
Boss doesn't seem too impressed Hamilton. I doubt your hero Ayrton would be impressed either by your calm reaction, he was known to throw punches rather than steering wheels.
This is totally frickin uncool Pastor. Yellow helmet plus McLaren equals one angry dude. Next time you spin me out I'm gonna explode like Ayrton did and punch your lights out man.
If anyone wants to tap my rear into a spin let me know. I might have to suck it up, but your lights will definitely go out when I explode.