Just_a_fan wrote:I'm actually finding a little bit of satisfaction from Schuie's poor performance. Those of us who always questioned his legacy (especially the Ferrari years with clever contracts, bespoke tyres and unlimited testing) are being vindicated.
I still think Schumacher's legacy is a good one. Albeit nowhere near as impressive as the figures suggest.
My main problem with Schumacher is he skirted around having quick team mates. I think if Hakkinen had been at Ferrari he would have achieved the same as Schumacher.
The reality of his legacy is that it is more one of Team Schumacher rather than team Ferrari. Everything there was for him, and with the money they had 5 titles is the least to have come from it. He still had to go ut and do it though, but what satisfaction are you getting from pounding an average number 2 into submission?
Senna and Prost are immortalised for their rivalry, Neither had number 1 status over the other
Hakkinen was also allowed to race Senna when he joined McLaren. If you watch the Senna film you can see it for yourself.
Schumacher will be held up as a statistical great and each have their own brilliant moments. Depends what does it for you.
The way I see it stats are not the best way to see whos the greatest as it doesnt encompass the realities of how they were achieved. For example, standard of competition within the team, and from outside competition.
What we are seeing in 2011 is an ageing great who's bubble is slowly deflating.
He doesnt have the team surrounding him, he doesnt have the big budget's and the testing regime, and he doesnt have his youth. He also has to contend with Rosberg.
If he isnt within half a second of Rosberg in the next 3 races I would start to think of calling it quits in 2011 and give Di Resta a seat in 2012.