I remember Schumachers assessment of his own speed back in the early 2000's when asked by a journalist was that he thought most good drivers could stay on the friction oval on corner exit, but he could do it on corner entry too. That's how he put it.
Isn't Schumachers style (like Mansell's was) early brake (Herbert's readouts always showed Johnny braked later but heavier), so less brake, early turn in, early apex? And feeling his way around the apex using that superior feel for grip that he had?
You can see the early turn in clearly at 0.20s:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtaV_cOGgTM
I think the whole friction oval way of driving (like Schumacher) might not be the fastest way though. There are times you must exceed the oval and break traction to get the car turned in. Say in a Senna like late brake late turn in and drift the car into the corner so you can accelerate early and late apex style, etc.
I think friction oval must never be considered without also considering momentum of the car, what do you think?
We pity new F1 fans coming into the sport in 2012. They are forced to like F1 with these grotesque nose designs.