Wasnt Mighty Michael supposed to be able to adapt to any car, wasnt he supposed to be able to win with a trolley?
Where is your evidence for this please?
In fact evidence goes against this fallacy, from 1996 he and the team methodically built up the Ferrari over a number of years - his skill was in driving consistantly faster lap by lap than anybody else partly due to his legendary fitness and ability to setup a car to perfection, not being ultimately faster or wringing more from a car in a Mansell, Senna, Keke or Gilles type fashion but being faster over a complete race which the results show.
The layers of protection you speak of will of course be denied by his fans but he did enjoy some incredible advantages in the period of his 5 consecutive titles.
Don't for the life of me understand why this keeps getting rehashed as a negative - Ferrari and Bridgestone thought Shumacher's ability was worth putting all of their efforts behind, they had other drivers and Bridgestone had other teams to choose from but they both chose to go with Schumacher.
Thats a positive for the man not a negative that resulted in 5 WDC and 80 odd race wins.
Ferrari's plan = win, Bridgestone's plan = win, Schumacher plan = win, a number of whiney forum posters = lose