Until I ask them, I can't. Unless you want me to make something up to fit what you clearly see as my agenda.
No, it's fine - please be considerate enough to still post your findings in this thread, even if it takes a few months.
good for you. You must have met a lot of Michael Schumacher fans then.
No doubt, and I have met many as well who call him "il tedesco".
So have I. Mostly on a professional basis, others on a jolly.
So we are both lucky - what was that about people making up things you mentioned earlier?
That's right, but you have this innate desire to diminish his role in the saga, and it is clearly influenced by the fact you're not - for want of a better word - a fan. Your continued posts on here highlight that without any doubt at all. To state that Michael was anything other than an absolutely pivotal figure in the revivial of Ferrari n the mid 90's is really to look at things with one eye closed. It's no secret at all that he had a say in who he wanted at the team, and so on, so what is your obsession with trying to belittle the man's achievments there? I mean, just because you are on an internet forum does not mean you have to 'take sides' - you can accept that, despite your dislike of the bloke, he was the keystone in the whole thing - it doesn't hurt, trust me.
I do have "the innate desire" to puts things into perspective that Schumacheristas have been making up for years and that are simply exaggerations or even flatly untrue. Reading your wording (you are a journalist, after all) "Schumacher, an absolutely pivotal figure" I must say that very obviously you are a fan - your professional experience surely has shown you that there are relatively few "absolutes" in life, in fact, there is only one, and that is death. Schumacher is absolutely no absolutum!
You assume I haven't.
If you had the traditional midnight pasta with vino (in vino veritas!) in which an Italian opens his heart, then you will have seen that the Italians admired Schumacher, were grateful to him for bringing so many victories to their marquee, but deep in their hearts they have never seen him as one of their own - Gilles, Jean and Nigel (Il leone) were and are indeed more beloved than Schumacher ever was among the tifosi. Fernando now is. Don't forget that Schumacher also brought a lot of pain and shame to them with his "other side". They are an emotional people, but they can still differentiate between crooked people and sincere people - they have enough examples of the two kinds in their own society and among their politicians.
Again, it could be that in your professional capacity as a journalist and in the visits you spent to Italy that were probably shorter and did not allow you to develop deeper friendships with Italians, you may not have touched base with them in a way someone who has lived with them. If you have, good for you, but then we would not have the whole argument.
I like your posts, Lifew12, except this last crusade of yours which is a bit personal, but no worries, mate. If you don't like my posts, fine, don't read them or simply put me on ignore. Accept the fact that there are no absolutes in life safe death, and let us agree to disagree.