This is a gross oversimplification of what the drivers and teams have to deal with, the tyres are the same for every driver but performance grip and wear are not, understanding why even with detailed telemetry is a serious challenge, as for setups, some cars have very narrow setup windows and some wide, it all comes down to technical design, there are few equalities as you put it but many many variables.
The Mercedes due to design flaws and other issues has a very narrow limited setup window for MS, trying to achieve that pointy front end causes bad rear tyre wear to put it simply, something that would not be a problem with a car that had a wider setup range.
Schumacher was fine at Spain in 2010, Monaco in 2010-his points tally was robbed from him, his Turkey performance was very good, his Spa performance was very good, these are races scattered over the year, why is he finding set ups and solutions on some tracks and not others.. Ideally you could say Schumacher should of only tested in 2010 and raced in 2011, but testing is banned, so Schumacher might of well have raced, if you look at Spain 2010/Monaco 2010/Turkey 2010/Spa 2010, he was able to drive the car as well or better then rosberg on these weekends, if he hadn't had those races, then I would of ruled him out for 2011 myself, but he did do well there, his season was chosen by tyres/chassic/car design before he even got in.
Mercedes just look like a broke team this year, as if they spend alot in 2009 as Brawn won and no one was looking at 2010, suddenly Mercedes buys the team and Schumi is in it, but nobody could of planned ahead and said there was a testing ban coming and retired driver coming back, how do you prepare for things like that while your chasing a title in 2009? They got it wrong, and this car is the worst possible one for a MS re-learning f1 to come back too.
Suzuka will be interesting, like Monaco and Spa this year, drivers tracks that Michael has done well at this year and in his first career, be interesting if he can find the set up solutions he needs on a track he has been king at in the past, he did do well at Monaco and Spa this year, so Suzuka could go well or him.
Edited by SeanValen, 26 September 2010 - 21:34.