f1316 wrote:Just thought I'd throw this in here - seems as good a place as any. I have to say I was a bit annoyed reading Jaime Alguersuari's column on the BBC's website, where he, like some others, seemed to apportion much of Schumacher's success in his first career to having "different tyres" and "bespoke engines". Well, as we all know, he didn't always have different tyres and everyone had a bespoke engine (sometimes, as was the case with Williams' BMW engine, a more powerful one), so I find the comment - and the column in general - a bit damning with faint praise.
Anyway, my real point was to point people to the last time MSC was on the podium, in China 2006, as an example of how, even at the end of his first career, Schumacher was able to overcome a tyre disadvantage. If any one has this video, I suggest you watch it, as I think his last victory was among his finest ever. I know he benefitted from Alonso's problems to get the win, but his qualifying lap alone, on a vastly inferior Bridgestone, is enough to show the flaws in comments like Alguersuari's.
Rather than try to diminish his first career, I'm surprised people aren't more impressed that he is even close to running at the pace of people nearly 20 years younger than him.
I agree completely.
If Schuey won through technical advantage alone, then so did mansell, hill, button, vettel etc etc. We are lucky to see one of the greatest racing drivers that will ever be, still racing. He is a legend, like it or not nothing comes close to him, he is the only man on a par with senna.
No one changed the sport like senna did in terms of safety, and no one changed the sport like Schuey did in terms of driver fitness and pushing beyond the limit. That guy was ripped, whilst most of the other drivers had saggy tits.
I love what he did for the sport, made people realise these guys are athletes! and he is bloody good! although its a shame he isn't as aggressive as he once was.
Of course this is my own opinion.
I don't understand the drivers of today... hamilton loves senna, and yet doesn't seem to realise that he is racing alongside someone who really was able to challenge senna, that to me would be extremely rewarding. This guys lived through all the issues, all the death... if i was an f1 driver, i would be desperate to be his team-mate just so i can follow him around and ask him endless things about the history of f1, no one knows it better than him.