Formula One’s Michael Schumacher takes wheel of slow cab to airport
Yahoo Sports/AP ^ | 12/12/2007 | Associated Press
Posted on 2007年12月14日 17:19:24 by Drago
BERLIN (AP) — Cab drivers are best known for giving hair-raising rides, not being taken on them.
But when one cabbie in southern Germany apparently wasn’t driving fast enough, his customer, former Formula One champion Michael Schumacher, took the wheel himself.
“It was sheer lunacy,” cabbie Tuncer Yilmaz told the Muenchener Abendzeitung newspaper. “He took the curves with full speed, but you couldn’t even notice it. He just knows how to do it.”
Schumacher’s spokeswoman, Sabine Kehm, confirmed the story Wednesday. She said Schumacher had flown in from Switzerland on Saturday on his private jet to buy a puppy from a breeder in the town of Gesuelz.
When Yilmaz picked up the seven-time Formula One champion and his family at the Coburg airport, he was star-struck.
“I was so nervous,” Yilmaz said. “I was so confused that I almost forgot all traffic rules.”
So on the way back to the airport Schumacher, the most successful driver in Formula One history, asked Yilmaz to slide over so he could drive.
Yilmaz said he would never forget the ride.
Nor the tip. On top of the $88.03 fare, Schumacher gave him $146.72.
Yilmaz’ only regret is that German photo radar didn’t catch Schumacher speeding, which would have produced a ticket with a photo that would have been sent to Yilmaz, as the car’s owner.
“I so much would have loved to get a speeding photo of this ride,” Yilmaz told the Abendzeitung. “I would have gladly paid a ticket for that.”
Michael Schumacher done for speeding in Audi Cabriolet
“Who do you think you are sir, Nigel Mansell?”
“Nein, Ich bin Michael Schumacher…”
Yes, Schumi has been caught speeding, on an autobahn near his German hometown of Kerpen. The multiple F1 world champ was fined €75 and docked three points on his driving licence, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
Schumacher was at the wheel of an Audi Cabriolet, but we don’t yet know what speed he was going – although German police have confirmed that he was stopped for speeding in a 100kph zone. German media reports suggest he was clocked at 140kph (around 75mph).
La Gazzetta claims that Schumacher would automatically have lost his license if his offence was in excess of 146kph.
“I’m really sorry, it is out of character for me. Speeding is for the racetracks only,” Schumi is quoted as saying by German newspaper Bild.
This news leaves us with one question: why drive an Audi when you can drive a Ferrari?