You specifically said Kobayashi would have beaten Schumacher by a larger margin. Which means you have already rated him higher than Rosberg. Now you say there is "no real measure" for him. I am sorry you're just talking off a tangent and typing rubbish. You suffer from these "red mists" more and more these days, completely clouding your judgement of everything related to F1 when Schumacher is involved.
Oh, and by the way lets all know why Mclaren would try and sign Rosberg especially when they had a better (and cheaper) option available in the form of Kobayashi. Maybe they're all just stupid ?
Thanks for your kind words, SparkPlug.
You are confusing two different messages:
1.) Subjectively I feel that Schumacher would be trounced even more comprehensively by Kobayashi than by Rosberg, so lucky Michael he is just teamed up with Nico.
2.) Objectively we have no real measure yet for Kamui, as he was not partnered with a 1A driver so far. That Brundle and Coulthard say "Kobayashi is the real deal" is also a subjective judgement.
Why did McLaren try to sign Rosberg (and then signed Button), why did thy not sign Kobayashi when he was available much cheaper?
Firstly, I think Rosberg fits the Mercedes portfolio much better than Kobayashi.
Secondly, Kobayashi had, at that time, just driven two races, which is too uncertain for a team like McLaren. After all, Kamui did not come out of McLaren´s own developement program like Lewis, who was a known quantity to them in 2006 and early 2007). Typically, a team like Sauber would snatch up such a driver - also an Alonso did not drive for a major team after two races.
Schumacher did (after already one race in 1991), thanks to Bernie´s intervention and Briatore´s vision.
It is also a testimonial to the fact that the early Michael was quite a force.
Fast cue forward 19 years to 2010: the irony seems to escape you, SparkPlug, that nowadays the discussion is: "who would Michael get a more comprehensive beating from, Nico or Kamui?". What the world has come to.....;)
Edited by aditya-now, 26 September 2010 - 10:45.