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Formula One Fantasy - Mercedes' Michael Schumacher 19 Jul 2011

Michael Schumacher (GER) Mercedes GP.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 4, Turkish Grand Prix, Preparations, Istanbul Park, Turkey, Thursday, 5 May 2011 (L to R): Michael Schumacher (GER) Mercedes GP with Norbert Haug (GER) Mercedes Sporting Director.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Race Day, Sepang, Malaysia, Sunday, 10 April 2011 Michael Schumacher (GER) Mercedes GP MGP W02.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 7, Canadian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Montreal, Canada, Friday, 10 June 2011 Michael Schumacher (GER) Mercedes GP MGP W01.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 13, Belgian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Saturday, 28 August 2010 Race winner, Juan Manuel Fangio (ARG) Ferrari D50 in Becketts corner. British Grand Prix, Silverstone, England, 14 July 1956. © Duerden/Sutton (L to R): Michael Schumacher (GER) Mercedes GP with Jean Todt (FRA) FIA President.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 17, Korean Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Korea International Circuit, Yeongam, South Korea, Saturday, 23 October 2010 Michael Schumacher (GER) Ferrari F2003-GA qualified down in fourteenth position, but worked his way to the crucial eighth position needed to secure a record breaking sixth World Championship title.
Japanese Grand Prix, Rd16, Suzuka, Japan, 13 October 2003 Michael Schumacher (GER) Mercedes GP 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 5, Spanish Grand Prix, Preparations, Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, 19 May 2011

With seven titles, 91 wins and 68 pole positions from a Formula One career spanning three decades, when it comes to Michael Schumacher the line between fantasy and reality becomes very blurred indeed. But while matching his stats may be the stuff of fantasy for his rivals, the German legend still has dreams of his own: Norbert Haug as his team mate; a circuit in the Big Apple combining the best parts of Spa and Suzuka; and his very own motorhome bed. Sweet dreams Schumacher…

Q: You must choose a city for a new Formula One street circuit - which city, anywhere in the world, do you choose, and why?
Michael Schumacher:
New York. It is a cool city.

Q: If you could choose one former world champion as your team mate, who would you choose and why?
I’d choose (Vice-President, Mercedes-Benz Motorsport) Norbert Haug. I know that he is not a world champion, but he is a drift king.

Q: Formula One innovations of the past - ground effect, active suspension, turbocharging, six wheels, the list goes on. If you could bring back one past innovation, what would it be and why?
Nothing technical, but human. I’d want more people in the paddock, like in the past.

Q: What innovations would you like to see in the future?
Even more overtaking.

Q: You can only drive at one circuit for the rest of your life - which circuit, past or present from anywhere in the world, do you choose?
Spa? Suzuka? Monaco? Not sure.

Q: Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Tyrrell, March are just some of the teams that have departed the sport. Which former team would you most liked to have raced with and why?
I am more than happy with the teams I have raced with.

Q: You have to design a new F1 circuit, combining all your favourite corners from other tracks around the world. Which three corners are top of your list and why?
Eau Rouge, Blanchimont, the Esses from Suzuka - all are just sensational if you can drive them in a good car.

Q: You can travel back in time and compete in any decade of Formula One racing, from the 1950s to the 1990s. Which decade would you choose and why?
I’d rather travel into the future and see how racing would be then.

Q: What current Formula One regulation would you most like to change and why?
A bit of testing during the season would be better for the competition.

Q: If you could pick two Formula One greats of the past (from different eras) to watch race against each other, who would you pick?
Ayrton Senna and Juan Manuel Fangio.

Q: If you were a team boss, which current driver would you pick first for your team (excluding yourself and your current team mate)?
I think it’s good that I am not a team boss…

Q: You are having a dinner party and can invite four people from the world of motorsport, past or present. Who do you invite?
Ross (Brawn), Norbert (Haug), Jean (Todt) and Luca (di Montezemolo).

Q: You are given the chance to drive any legendary Formula One car of the past (excluding those made by your own team). Which car would you choose?
The (future) 2022 Ferrari.

Q: Rooftop swimming pool, bowling alley, revolving sushi bar - just some of the features most F1 motorhomes don’t possess. If you could add one thing to your team’s motorhome, what would it be?
A proper bed!

Q: Imagine you have just won the world title - again! Where would you go for your celebratory meal and what would choose from the menu?
Champagne, Bacardi and Coca Cola. It could be straight after the race in the motorhome!

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