I give Schumacher credit for one thing, he turned Ferrari into an organized and dominating team. He brought along the right people, brought along massive motivation, was the undisputed number 1, got paid huge $$$$ for doing so and reaped the benefits.
IF he can do it at Mercedes, hat's off to him.
Schumacher didn't turn ferrari into anything. Ferrari decided to invest in adding a proven winning Formula to fantastic foundations.
It now seems the major part of that formula made Jenson Button world champion.
Funny that schumacher is the only driver under newey or brawn who gets the main accolades, where as with Vettel, Hill, Villeneuve, Button it was a newey or brawn effort with average drivers, yet 2 of those average drivers were Schumacher's biggest tests until Alonso turned up in a half decent car.
Ferrari were 3rd best team with wins, poles and fastest laps before he joined. Often breaking up the four very dominant Williams and Benettons. They needed reliability which was achieved by the structure Ross Brawn put in place.
No doubt his success wouldn't have been achieved without hard work and talent, but hard work can also lead to nothing if your'e in the wrong place at the wrong time.
What if Senna had lived or gone to Ferrari or Benetton? Prost and Mansell been a few years younger? things would have been very very different. Schumacher was capable of taking points off the above names, but theres no way he would have dominated them. He struggled to dominate Hill even after his ban in 94 when they won a race each and he cracked in the final being charged down by Hill. Senna would have cleaned up the 90s with Hill as his rear gunner, we would then be talking about a very very different Michael Schumacher.
If Lewis is able to team-up with newey or brawn and trophy hunt for 7 years with Button obeying team orders, with Alonso and Vettel retired, should he be considered the greatest ever? And how would non Lewis fans feel if some of those 8 titles were won with tactics as used in Macua 90, Adelaide 94, Jerez 97, Nurburgring 2003?