Ferrari was too blatant and obvious in Germany this year. Felipe made is as obvious as possible and wanted the rest of the world to know it.
Schumacher - I get the impression - is happy to do it as long as it benefits the team in the long term and that it is sort of obvious too (hence why he made it public today and a few other times). He is very professional about it though and doesn't complain like Massa and Rubens and Webber have done about it.
I get the feeling Schumacher is getting a little pissed off with all the criticism so has just started making it public that 'look guys, there are certain strategies we have adopted this year....Nico's position in the WDC isnt secure, we're trying to secure it for him....I'm testing for next year and doing the donkey work with tyres and letting Nico and the team benefit from it'.
I imagine it's eating him up but being the professional he is, he is more than willing as long as there is a long term benefit for him and the team.
I think you pretty much summed it up. Schumacher is willing to take the punches now, and infact if there is no real testing involved and Michael quite publically said that a complete ban on testing is silly, which I agree with, then in a season like 2010, not fighting for wins, I wouldn't be surprised if he's doing other programmes, because your quite limited what you can do with the rules now, I mean in the future, if one driver has been doing better for the first half of the season, I woudn't be surpised if team orders came into play, that the other driver who did less well started doing work for next year or testing out parts in sessions and things. You never know. Michael in the past kept alot of things quiet, so his revelations are quite informative and pretty much needed because everyoine wants to know how he's doing given the legend he is, they want reasons why we need to wait and see his tenture at this team out. It must be frustrating but it something he knows he needs to do. Difficult given a proud man he is of his accomplisments, but says alot how much he wants to win.
Edited by SeanValen, 07 November 2010 - 21:40.