So then... after the NASCAR style race in Monaco last week, we find ourselves somewhat spoiled with back to back races, and this time at the legendary Nürburgring (well whats left of it that is ). After final qualifying, it appears as though normal service has been resumed for Schumi, chalking up his 60th Pole (only 5 behind equalling Senna's long standing record, that should fall this season) with an absolutely supreme lap over half a second quicker than Sato in 2nd place, and really looking smooth. Bridgestones are rumoured to be running a harder race tyre that although lacking in ultimate one lap pace, is supposed to be exceptional over a stint, where as the Michelins drop 2-3 seconds according to Brundle. I'm guessing that both the Renaults and BAR are running 1-2 laps lighter than Schumi, Shell are rumoured to have fuel that is substantially lighter than its competition and allowing the Ferrari's to run 1-2 laps more fuel at the same weight to other teams. I don't think Schu is running light, his lap was smooth and pretty awesome, and he never looked like he was wringing the neck for the last tenth. Rubens has to be on a different strat, he's way behind, so I'm figuring that he's got maybe 2-3 more in than Schu, but should be looking good after the 2nd set of stops. Button was a major disappointment, people were raving about his 2nd place in Monaco, but he was somewhat flattered there by running seriously light in quali, and lucking in with 2 drivers ahead of him going out. Being whooped by Sato is less than impressive so I'll be looking for a strong run from him tomorrow, but I think he'll be compromised somewhat by his strat. So for my predictions for the race... (as long as he's not taken out) Schu will win (although I think he'll only take the lead after the 1st set of stops, as Trulli is running way light, and that Renault can out drag anything from a standing start). Rubens 2nd, Trulli 3rd, Button 4th. Sato will blow up as will Kimi. R Schumacher 5th, Montoya 6th. What are people thinking to the new proposed qualifying?? 2 20 minute sessions with no fuel restrictions, and the final time is aggregated over the 2 sessions, meaning that you'll have to go balls out over 2 sessions when track conditions could change substantially. And after quali, cars can be filled up for the race. It sounds better than the current format, but I'm not entirely convinced. I like Brundles suggestion of returning to the old 1 hour format, with 12 laps, but you have to do one run every 15 minutes, and must use all your tyres, any sets that aren't used are written off, and cannot be used for the race. Also the Safety Car rules could well be changed, meaning that as soon as a SC is deployed, the pits are closed, and thus not allowing teams to take cheeky pit stops, also that the SC won't switch it's lights off as early on it's last lap to stop incidents like last week occuring, I'm not sure about that as tyre and brake temps won't be up to scratch, thus increasing the likely hood of a incident on the first lap of green flag racing. Thoughts?