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From the Pulpit

The elder statesmen of the F1 grid will be heading to Imola with mixed results and varied concerns. F1 Racing's Matt Bishop takes a look at the state of affairs in the geriatric ward

And so to Imola - where, after three exhausting flyaway races from which Formula One's quartet of elder statesmen came away with a very mixed bag of results, all four 'golden oldies' will be hoping for better things from the Gran Premio di San Marino.

Michael Schumacher (36) and Rubens Barrichello (32) will be fervently hoping - make that fervently praying, in the God-fearing Rubens' case - that the handful of impressive laps completed by Michael's Ferrari F2005 in the early laps of the Bahrain Grand Prix was a genuine barometer of latent speed to come. For if it was not - if the red cars fail to paint the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari red (make that rosso corsa), then Monday's Gazzetta dello Sport will make very uncomfortable reading indeed for Messrs Luca di Montezemolo, Jean Todt, Ross Brawn et al.

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