marcush. wrote:Schumacher as all successful drivers is a somewhat controversial person mainly for his stubborn single mindedness that drove him to unbeliveable records unseen before or even thought possible.
Now in his second Formula 1 career a lot of people seem to find a lot of pleasure bashing him for underachieving ,even failing and feel entitled to give advise to stop disgracing himself and call it quits.
For me the fact this guy is in Formula 1 since 20 years and is capable of taking the fight to anyone out there ,proving his talent again and again with outstanding Race first laps I have to say I have deepest respect for his achievements and his attitude fighting through this difficult time for Mercedes .He truly is a team player and really shows class in shrugging off the incompetent accusations towards his person,never falling out in public over his team even when things are going bad or he obviously was let down by the team .
Fact is :not many in the current field or test drivers would do a better job at Mercedes - the two I think would do better are :Hamilton and Alonso.
Considering this I ´d think it should be just bearable for those who cannot get over the apathy they developped over time to watch him compete for one more season and help Mercedes ...
Considering guys like Berger simply had to stop at some point because their body was coping anymore with the stress experienced in the car ,Schumachers performance is surprising.I have to admit I was shocked to see my hero Berger first trounced by Senna and then swapping seats with Schumacher taking success with him.Only then slowly I grew something of a hint of sympathy and respect for that guy from Germany.
The Spa weekend is putting all in a context now even when it seems unlikely that MGP will provide him with a car he deserves this or next year.
nipo wrote:I was really thrilled when he was coming back. I remember to have signed up to this board when Massa had his accident and there was rumor of his comeback, just to express my excitement. I started watching F1 around the beginning of the millenium so it's easy to guess why Schumi was my hero. I grew a passion for Ferrari as well because of him. Both his and Ferrari's name meant winning, domination, speed, success and passion.
But then at the back of my mind I have always had this fear that his comeback will see him produce mediocre results, instead of leading the team to fight for wins and championships. I don't know what he expected of himself but as a fan I was definitely expecting him to at least win some races at some point. Afterall, he's statistically the greatest F1 driver ever and he was joining the freshly crowned WCC team.
And then we all saw what happened in 2010. It was worse than I had ever imagined. He was constantly out-qualified and out-raced by Rosberg, and it seemed that anyone on the grid can pass him on track with ease. The tell-tale clue came from his long-time mate Ross Brawn who frankly admitted that Michael was the same in high speed turns but was lacking quite a lot in slow corners. He even went on to say if it was someone else, he might not have given him the 2011 seat.
It was quite sad to see, really.
He had given up a good "retirement plan" at Ferrari. He was basically going to be the living legend for the brand, and just hanging around with the company would have ensured him good status and good paychecks for the rest of his life. Add to that he would always be remembered as the great champion, whom at 37 (was it?) was still at his prime and fighting for the crown until the very last race of his career.
Now what? He joined Merc which I hate as a road car maker. The dumb SLS driving-upside-down-in-a-tunnel ad didn't deserve a driver like him in it (for God's sake he had a special black FXX given to him when he was still at Ferrari). The struggling MGPs are not machines worthy of his drive either.
But the most important thing is: his game was over and he seems just an out-of-shape old fart on track, letting all the young guns pick on him.
Well, having said all that he seems to be (finally) gaining a bit of traction this season. He's not so far behind Nico now and gets overtaken less. His most recent form at Spa is also very comforting, if I may use the word. For sure nobody will be counting on him to shoot for an 8th crown next season but I wish there is hope that maybe a win is possible.
Still, I'd rather he hasn't come out of retirement. Whichever way you look at it, it's a great loss for him.
marcush. wrote:anyone watched the Schubert Anniversary Helmet video i have posted in the video section ? cool item and worth watching (apart from the promo babble at the end)?
strad wrote:I can't believe what a changed person Michael is. He may not be on the top of his form, but he is far more bearable as a person.
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