Utter nonsense; the man has 15 years of experience driving a wide range of different cars, on different tyres, with different engines, different regulations, and different characteristics. He's won 91 races, and seven world titles. That's not speculation, it's fact, and it's a good reason why citing a 'learning curve' is nonsense. Further, Mercedes hired to him to win, not to learn; that's not speculation either - you hire Vitaly Petrov, Hulkenberg, a newcomer with promise if you want to give them a learnign curve, not a man with 200 plus races behind him. he's now had 12 races, with the same amount of testing as everyone else; that's not speculation, it's fact, again. You may be happy to overlook all this in the search for excuses, but it's simply that - a search for excuses.
I do not know if this is an excuse if it is a fact. If someone would have a measuring tool to say yes normally it takes just a few races or a few games to come back from retirement than I would say that Schumacher is delusional about him self but there is no one so you can not compare. I have said it once that he is not like all others rookies he is experienced but experience does not bring the speed. Experience just helps the driver in some situations in races to react better than the rookie would. What about the style of driving tires or the car? He has told several times that he has changed his style completely the cars and tires are completely different so in all of this areas he is very similar to rookies who are competing this year is he not?
Here's something more for you to contemplate, and these are your words:
"He has to learn how to drive this cars, he has to learn everything about new tires,
He's going to have to do that next year, too; the car will be different, the tyres will be different, the characteristics will be different, he'll have no more testing than anyone else; surely he's going to need another 12 races on his learning curve, at least, again?
If you are saying that Rosberg is better this year than him then I agree with you, if you are saying that he is on the same level of understanding of the cars and tires as he was prior retirement than it is just your speculation. There are few of you on this forum who have said several times that he is the same driver as he was prior retirement just to say that he was not so great are you one of them? If the answer is yes than you have a tool to measure greatness. He was one of the greatest driver from 1994 - 2006 together with Alonso and Hakinne. It is stupid to say that he was greater than those two drivers in this period but you can say that he was more successful and is the most successful driver in the history of F1 racing and no one can take this from him. Did he deserved all the wins and WDC wins yes he did, was he the most controversial driver in this period yes he was.
Far from trying to 'force my opinion on you' I'm suggesting you look a little closer at what you're saying; the most successful driver in the sport, a man with few peers and who the team boss still reckons is better than everyone else, shouldn't need a learning curve of two thirds of a season or more.
I do not think that boss still recons that Schumacher is better than everyone else. This also is not my opinion, but he deserves the place on the grid.
Is he generally better than Rosberg I honestly do not know? The team has the answer on this question and not us here on this forum.
Once again you are confusing experience with learning. Experience has nothing to do with learning. I know what I am saying to put brief. No one knows how long it will take him to catch the leading guys if he can still achieve this? Do you have a measuring tool to say that few races is enough to relearn everything? Is there another guy who came from retirement or what?
All the drivers would be on equal level if they would stop racing for three years and then began with Schumacher so they are not on equal level and there is probability that they never will be. On the other hand if he can beat them once again he will prove to him self and others that he can do it and that he is not too old. Schumacher said that it will take him a few races to get back to rhythm of racing and to get back the filling of the car. Rhythm and felling does not win GP or WDC all driver have those two things.
Edited by slaveceru, 25 August 2010 - 09:57.