I am not Schumacher's fan, but the level of hatred here really makes me hope Schumacher will win a race in style this year.
About Moss: I think he can't stand Schumacher because he really thinks Schumacher is better than Senna and Fangio, and that makes Moss a third tier driver, because Moss always acknowledged Fangio to be his better. For a F1 driver to acknowledge that kind of thing is very hard, but he was happy enough to be second to an absolute genius. Now if Fangio is no longer a freak of nature, that makes Moss very ordinary and definitely one of the rest. Which of course he cannot bear; hence the Schumacher obsession.
That's telling, because I remember Moss was actually quite a fan of Schumacher before 2002, after 2002, when Michael got equal to fangio, he wasn't singing priase.
U remember albert park 2001, ITV interview, Moss was clearly a fan and stated Michael was making the difference in modern day f1 where the differences are mere tenths. I'm sure Moss was a fan, but he decided to renounce publically his true opinons of what he prevously thought.
I was going through my old F1 magazines and found this quote from Michael,
Total Sport, September 1996:
"Q: When will you retire?"
MS: To be honest, sooner rather than later... There's a problem with old drivers. If you go right up to the age limit then you start to think about it, the driving, and then you become too slow.
So I guess I could go on for another five or six years... as long as I'm enjoying it."
I suppose he still enjoys it. And his speed seems to be ok as well.
But it's interesting hearing him talking about quitting in the early 00 or thereabouts.
While he is still going strong in 2011 and thinking about driving beyond 2012...
When you talk about getting old when your not old, it's different when you get older and discover you still have something driving you. In 2006 in the Monaco after driver briefings before Silverstone, Nico Rosberg said "I can't see him retiring, Michael just has so much drive,." at the time when Rosberg said that, it actually made me think he would be back. And he did come back, like a reformed drinker who couldn't stay away from his drug, speed and tyres underneath him to feel alive, and he actually said that in 2009 testing, "I felt alive again." When someone says that despite having loads of money and time to relax, you know they belong somewhere else.
Schumacher surprised himself in terms of how long he was in f1, you don't stay in f1 that long unless you really are dedicated to something, but he did need that break after 2006 to just live like a retired man enjoying his success, he seemed like he was giving it a shot, but after a while, you stop relaxing, and wanna stretch, is he the stay at home guy who has pizza and watch a film, or the guy who wants a challenge? Until he really does get old to a point where he finds t's a struggle, he's gonna maximise his f1 life, because he already knows what it feels like to be retired and looking back, when you lost something and get it back, you do approach it with freshness, so I'm not surprised if he goes on. He's got a challenge that he didn't have at the end of his ferrari era and he's fresh from a big break, and the critics have this situation of a living legend carving out a possible additional chapter, it's gotta be perhaps one of his greatest challenges.
Edited by SeanValen, 18 March 2011 - 01:29.