That was as comprehensive a pasting that a driver has had from his teammate as I have seen. The first stint was as though they were on different compound tyres Michael was so slow. And he had clear enough air for most of it. I think it should also be obvious that Nico is pretty quick and consistent, how quick remains to be seen but he will not be seriously challenged by a guy as past it and slow as Michael is in 2010. And this is an important factor for Brawn and co in looking at next year, if Nico is to extract every last ounce of speed he needs a better benchmark.....
The fan club display an extraordinary resilience to reality. Some even say they don't find his results particularly disappointing - they are either lying or have extremely low expectations. To have about one third the WDC points as your teammate is embarassing, there are no major factors to mitigate why his results are so poor. Can't we just put this miserable comeback to bed as quickly and quietly as possible?
Nico is rated currently as fifth best driver on the grid after Kubica, Alonso, Webber and Hamilton in the "Top Seven Drivers" thread - so he definitely has profited from being paired with Schumacher. Either Nico is very good or Michael has become very bad.
Concerning the fan club´s blindness to reality: I had to listen to "for me it is enough to see Michael driving on the track" odé's - the veneration for Michael goes through the roof even when he shows nothing at all.
Maybe he fits the category of driver that Brundle referred to (on the example of Alonso): "He is a driver you cannot love, but a driver that has to be admired."
So one thing is for sure - the fans admire him, no matter what Michael's showing.