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    Patrick Head on Ralph

    Bob McKenzie The Express) Patrick, returning to the dreaded Ralf saga, you seem to be suggesting that you see a difference in his confidence before and after the Monza accident. Is that the case? Have you spoken to him about it? And, in the light of that, if it is a mental thing, should he see a sports psychologist?

    PH: Ralf is an intelligent guy and he knows himself and his body and his physical condition and he is more than capable of looking after that aspect himself. But, you can imagine, Ralf is not happy with his position relative to his team-mate and we are confident that we can rely on him to put that aspect right. As I said, the subject came up as part of a private conversation and I am not really prepared to expand on it.



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    Re: Patrick Head on Ralph

    Regarding comment "Ralf is not happy with his position relative to his team-mate," latest rumor is that Ralf tried to put a veto clause in his Toyota contract, allowing him to reject potential teammates. Rumor also was that he was especially concerned about Coulthard as a potential teammate and wanted to be able to veto him. Toyota said such a clause would be unacceptble

    Hey Ralf! Your the wrong Schumacher to be making those types of demands! Ralf clearly has some serious ego/insecurity issues. Unless he lucks into something this year, I think he won his last ever GP in 2003 and is about to trundle off to Toyota, to eventually fade into obscurity.

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    Agree

    Read the same thing about the Coulthrad clause.
    Ralp wake-up....actually that's his problem, he is still injured from the MONZA incident, but even B4 MONZA I was never impressed by his abilities.
    TOYOTA is making a mistake, unless they see it as a PR spin to have a Schumacher (German) in their seat.
    NE ways glad to see him move-on, I always held my breath when he was in a racing situation with another driver.

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    Absent his last name and sharing a agent with his

    brother, what exactly does Ralf have going for him? Nothing. In a PERFECT car, he's been fast. Big deal. Lots of guys are fast when the car is perfect. When it's not, he seems to give up. Can't pass. Can't use his ability to "carry" the car or the team. He apparently sulks or he just isn't good enough. If he's wheel to wheel with his brother, he does everything but stop the car and sweep the track before Michael goes by. The only person he seems to want to compete against is JPM, and bluntly, he's not good enough for that either. He's just a VERY AVERAGE driver (not really a racer, a DRIVER) who made F1 because of his brother, a la NASCAB, where 1/3rd of the field get their ride because of who their daddy, brother, cousin was/is.

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    Yep, U R so right


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    well he didnt do so bad today in monaco

    he qualified 2nd but starts 12th due to the engine swap. i'd say he did pretty well qualifying in front of button, alonso, and oh yeah, his older brother michael. so i guess he aint that bad. yes michael is better, but there is so much more involved and at stake if a driver is bad in f1 compared to nascar. more skill is needed and it is much much more dangerous in f1 than in nascar. so i doubt that putting money needs aside, a team would pick a driver solely on his last name. i agree that nascar is like that. the sadler brothers, kyle petty, labonte brothers. however, there are some family drivers that can drive. michael waltrip, dale earnhardt jr.

    if a driver is bad, they replace him in f1. if they realize their mistake, they fix immediately. so much money is invested in performance that they can't let it go. he wouldnt be in f1 this many years if he couldnt perform. so he is not as good as some others and yes his last name DID help him get the seat im sure, but it didnt guarantee him the seat and he needed to show he deserved the seat.

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