I have a feeling it dosent matter how he does this year he may well at least do 2 of his 3 years.
I don't think so, did you see the jubilation of every one of his GP victories - I believe every lap/every race is important to him and he will be hard on himself until he gets to the best he can be again.
I remember forums before Japan 2000, especially around Austria/Hockenheim, when he went out at the first corner in both weekends, and what seemed like a sure thing to slip away come Hungary/September, back then especially with his broken leg in 1999, and 1998 Spa denting his points, the jerez 97 ending, ferrari in 1996 starting out, all these things meant pleging his life to ferrari until he won the title, if you remember the pressure on him at Monza in 2000, talking to his car morning of Japan 2000, that was his dream to win that title after many set backs, it kept getting longer, but so far he hasn't given up on his goals. There is something similar in terms of ambition with Mercedes to win with them, anything less then a title would mean unfinished business, in his mind he's already won it or it's waiting for him, 20 years or 3 years or 2 years or 1 year, to quote himself "I have alot of trust in myself."
With ferrari it was misson complete, but I think he's understated his will to win with mercedes, some people think he's a ferrari man forever still, but it's like a different life for him, it's in the past, and as he has said, mercedes he started off with, and it's like completing the circle to finish with them, and the fact Brawn is there, cements how important this extra unseen chapter, a unpredictable chapter is to MS, and unpredicable is the key word, no one saw him coming back almost to ferrari last year, no one saw mercedes coming, hell I even remembering the extreme doubts over the winter of his coming back, the pattern for MS usually is, if you doubt him, he'll surprise.
So many of those fools in 2005 thought he was too old suddenly because the tyre rules and ferrari got it wrong one year, he'll never challenge for the title again, some grey hair pops up in a f1 mag, fast forward in 2006, and he's winning races and going for the title and goes out with a bang in brazil 2006 leaving the audience hungary for more, putting on a show. MS is llike summer blockbuster action film fan fare and spring indie drama low key budget merry go around, some rain, win a race, superstar, a broken wing, more pitstops overtake slower cars but with bad aero, 1 point and suddenly it's a indie spring film low key event, it's the perception, Alonso thinks his malaysia drive this year was his best race but will be forgotten because of the result, maybe's he's right, the perception is too hard for the larger audience, but Schumacehr carries alot of belief, 3 decades of expectations, he's earned the privilage to have belivers in his prospects, infact no other driver has proved more then he has, yet after all those wins and achievements, it's still enough to create some believers, but that's the perception of f1, most drivers will lose patience from fans, but MS though has earned it more then others not to be written off as a major player in any f1 race, even after 3 years away, nothing short of brillance is demanded, then at any second, he'll perhaps find extra time on track and do something others can't. That's who he is, and like the post above, he won't stop punishing himself until he's back where he thinks he should be, it's been his life so far. Senna once said he expresses his character through racing, Schumacher is the same, his 1 point and overtaking in albert park was a petty battle considering where Michael has been and what he's achieved, but that was the challenge he had in albert park, not just the drivers, but the bad aero, the damaged car, the fact he's willing to fight for points and have satisfaction in achieving small victories like that is what makes him a force still, I still remember Monaco 2005, getting Ralf and Rubens at the end, or his drive in Monaco 2006 from the pitlane, maybe the penality was too severe to start from the pitlane, but his drive was full of venom. He does have a flack of getting stuck in and being persistent, he knows the true f1 fans are keeping eye on his drives even for small points.
Edited by SeanValen, 13 April 2010 - 00:01.