I've defended Schumi alot here, still am. If we look down the field its clear to see the two drivers notably struggling: Schumacher and Liuzzi. Both guys haven't really closed the gap to their teammates over the season, if anything the gap has increased. Both are drivers with a long hiatus from the sport. PDLR was out for a while also but he isnt being beaten to this affect.
For example if we look at how Hulkenburg has closed the gap to Barrichello in qualifying and race trim since Canada, then it kinda shows me that its more than just tires affecting MS. Generally this season it has looked like the drivers with past year tire experience were benefitting this season, but Hulkenburg is proving that the gap can be closed. With Liuzzi its more likely that he's not good enough. So why is the gap between MS and NR increasing?
If Mercedes does produce a beast next year, i cant see how MS is finding 5tenths to challenge NR.
I personally don't think it has increased. It has remained static with a few exceptions in Schumacher's favour; Barcelona, Monaco, Turkey and Spa.
In Germany they were very closely matched throughout.
In Hungary, IIRC Schumacher had the faster lap.
Spa - Schumacher had a slight edge in pace and Nico only got past when his wet race set up favoured his car in the conditions.
In terms of pace I don't Schumacher is that far behind considering but his qualifying pace is probably 50% at fault for his woes. There's no reason for him to quit, considering that the prospects - on paper at least - look better for 2011.
It's quite funny, all the haters and critics come out of the woodwork and revel in Schumacher's woes when things aren't going to plan but this forum is eerily quiet when he has a half decent showing. So he only needs to quit when he is doing bad but should stay when he is doing half well? Very balanced...
I'm glad some of you don't run your own F1 teams!
Edited by Ferrari_F1_fan_2001, 13 September 2010 - 08:43.