Rossi vs. Schumacher

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Schumacher vs. Rossi

When I was a kid, my friends and I would always have this debate on who would be fastest in a race, Superman or the Flash. I always felt that the Flash would be faster because speed’s his thing. He wears a lightning bolt on his chest because he’s as fast as lightning. Superman? He’s only faster than a speeding bullet. That’s pretty quick, but it can’t compare to lightning. Of course, my friends would come back with the equally persuasive argument that Superman is, well, Superman.

We always wound up with a compromise: if they’re racing on the ground, Flash would be faster because he’s a better runner. If they were moving through the air, Superman would win because Flash would use up too much energy trying to get in the air by flapping his arms really fast or spinning his limbs like little cyclones. If they were racing under water, then they’d both lose to Aquaman. No, wait, Aquaman sucks. He’d come in a distant third. Maybe fourth if Michael Phelps was there.

This week, news broke that MotoGP Champ Valentino Rossi was going to test Ferrari Formula One race car. A few days later, reports out of Italy quote Honda Europe’s racing chief Carlo Fiorani saying that F1 legend Michael Schumacher is welcome to race for Honda’s World Superbike team if he so chooses. This, of course, leads to the ultimate question:

Who’s faster, Vale or Schumi?

Let’s look at the stats:

Valentino Rossi Michael Schumacher
Age 29 years old 39 years old
Nationality Italian German
World Titles 8 7
Career Wins 97 91
Career Podiums 151 154
Career Poles 51 68

So what do you think? Who’s the fastest?

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  • http://www.motorcycle.com PeteB

    Good post there, D. The true test would be to put them both in a race, vehicle of some type, that neither of them have experience in, and see who’s quickest.

    If your question is to cars, Schumacher will probably still be quicker. If it’s bikes, though Schumacher is a good rider, Vale will still cane him.

  • http://blog.motorcycle.com Eric Schmidt

    Lol, that pic is classic

  • menko and rupha

    but still valetino rossi will kick micheal schumacer ass on formule 1 is that treu

  • menko and rupha

    what fysical thougher moto-gp vs formule 1

  • Mrs Gail J Gray

    I think they are even, and evenly matched but both highly talented, but i think Michael likes to be a dare devil and sometimes gets carried away, but to me i have been knowing Michael since 1991 and i have trust and faith in him and he still is my number 1 in motorsports.