Michael Schumacher not keen on TV role

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Don’t expect to see seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher going into the world of television as a commentator any time soon.

Instead, it appears that the Formula One legend, who retired from the sport last season following a three-year run at Mercedes, has gained an interest in horse breeding from his wife, Corinna.

“Initially I was doing this for Corinna’s sake, but now it is more and more fun,” he told Germany’s Bild am Sonntag newspaper. “It’s like with most things; the more one is busy, it becomes more interesting…My wife fully supported me for many years, because it goes without saying that I’m doing the same for her.”

As for why he isn’t considering an analyst’s role, Schumacher cited trying to keep up with the constantly evolving world of F1 as well as the considerable traveling that such a job would entail.

“First of all, Formula One changes so quickly that even I am actually already a long way off,” he told Bild. “As a result, it would be groping in the dark and that’s not for me.

“Secondly, I would again be away from my family – I would be better off continuing to drive. That would be more fun.”

However, he did say that he expects the 2013 season — which could end with fellow German Sebastian Vettel joining him, Juan Manuel Fangio, and Alain Prost as the only drivers to win at least four F1 titles —  to be “really tight.”

Josef Newgarden wins pole for Grand Prix of Alabama

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With time running off the clock, Josef Newgarden lapped Barber Motorsports Park with a speed of 122.773 mph to win his third career pole and first on this track in the Grand Prix of Alabama.

Newgarden was .0128 seconds faster than teammate Scott Dixon in second.

Newgarden has two previous wins at Barber. He won last year’s edition of this race after starting seventh and in 2015 from fifth.

“I didn’t know if that was going to be enough,” Newgarden said after winning the pole.

“Team Chevy has done a good job,” Newgarden said. “They’ve really given us good power this weekend – good driveability. We’re going to need some fuel mileage tomorrow, which I think we’ll have. But it’s going to get mixed up with the rain.”

Dixon’s lap of 122.750 mph was not quite enough.

“I’m sure you could pick out a number of different things on a lap when it’s that close,” Power said about what made the slight difference between him and Newgarden. “A little mistake out of 9; a little lift here or there.”

Sebastien Bourdais (122.605 mph) qualified third, with Ryan Hunter-Reay (122.159) and James Hinchliffe (121.859) rounding out the top five.

Scott Dixon was the last driver in the top six.

Fast 12

Newgarden topped this chart with a speed of 123.475 mph.

He brought Power, James Hinchcliffe, Scott Dixon, Ryan Hunter-Reay, and Sebastien Bourdais along with him to the Fast 6.

Marco Andretti (122.480), Alexander Rossi (122.216), Simon Pagenaud (122.050), Robert Wickens (122.042), Zach Veach (121.784) and Ed Jones (120.984) failed to advance.

Round 1, Group 1

Newgarden posted the fastest single lap in round one, group one of qualification for the Grand Prix of Alabama with a speed of 122.550 mph.

Hunter-Reay, Hinchcliffe, Wickens, and Andretti also advance to the fast 12.

Taking the final slot was Jones with a speed of 119.835 mph after an off-course excursion in final practice.

This was Andretti’s first advancement to the fast 12 for the first time since 2014.

Round 1, Group 2

Power had the fastest lap of 121.570 mph.

Bourdais, Veach (who is battling food poisoning-like symptoms), Rossi, and Pagenaud grabbed positions 2-4.

Scott Dixon had an uncharacteristically slow lap of 121.006, but managed to advance to the fast 12 when the session was red-flagged for an incident involving Tony Kanaan.

With three minutes remaining, Kanaan spun into the tire barriers while leaving pit road. Since he brought out the red flag, he lost his qualification time of 119.996 mph.

Takuma Sato had slipped off-course midway through the session and posted only the Ninth-fastest speed of 120.789 mph.