To be fair, what he does now doesn't tell much about the past, if anything. What it does tell is that right here right now, at the age of 41 and after a 3 year break, MS isn't that special anymore.
Come on, even his fans must admit that. Those were precisley the difficult conditions today he and Brawn used to excel in, because MS made it work most of the time. No excuses like "I planned to push the next lap" back then, because he had the confidence to go all out every lap.
Overall he's still doing far from bad, but the magic seems gone.
This is it, in a nutshell.
Why cannot his admirers accept this simple premise. He was once the greatest. To quote the bard: "But every fair from fair sometime declines. By chance or nature's changing course untrimmed" or words to that affect.
I tried to make a simple observation that his performance had been "average" (because he finished 10th out of 14 finishers) and I got a bunch of "hate mail" along with being termed a "hater", "troll", "having an agenda"!!!?! WTF!!!??!
Some people are so pathetic. They cannot bear to hear any evaluation of their hero which dares to suggest that he is not the most dominant driver in the field today. Unless you derive your livelihood from his being "numero uno", get over it. You'll be the happier for accepting whatever he can accomplish; even if it isn't complete domination.
For the record, and in answer to the characterizations that were thrown my way (as mentioned above):
1. I am an admirer of MS. But I have no "agenda"; certainly not one that blindly rates him as the best out there today. He must prove it. And a good start would be to beat his own team-mate. Something he has failed to do even on one on occassion when it mattered. No excuses please!
2. In his day, he was EASILY the most dominant driver of his era. He was/is a legend in his own time. But he is NOT that driver today!
3. As a human being, he is a TITAN. His generous nature and humane qualities are without parallel among the field of drivers today.
4. I want for him what he wants for himself: For goodness sake, let him drive and enjoy himself! PLEASE STOP CALLING FOR HIS RETIREMENT!!! Even is he is consistently beaten by his teammate this season. Why should he give up on the one thing that gives him the most enjoyment in life? To satisfy some sorry fanboys and keep his statistics unblemished? Sure there will be some detractors who will glory in the fact the they can now point to some tarnished records, but so what? You only go around once . . . allow him to make hay while the sun shines. His last retirement was precipitated IMO in large part by the weight of negative press and negative public opinion (because he WAS so good); don't do that to him again.
5. Despite his fallen state, he is STILL one of the better handfull of drivers out there and more than deserving of his seat in a top team. So please: stop with this Heidfeld nonsense. Can't we just enjoy watching the effort he puts into his trade, no matter the results?