Jeez man. Its only qualifying. The race is long and there are slower cars in front of them.
That and the speed advantage and Schumacher's great starts give me optimism for tomorrow.
So we have been reduced to this? Making excuses for a diva who never needed it in the old days.
A diva who insists that she can still hit the high notes . . . but can't.
It's not so much that the car was slow (I won't go into his vaunted development skills), as much as his repeat of the behaviour we witnessed a the start of last season. The arrogance, really.
Kudos to Rosberg. He quietly went about his business. Ignored the dismissive remarks Schumacher made about him . . . AGAIN. And then schooled him when it came time to perform . . . AGAIN.
Hey, I've been an admirer of the old Schumacher. Who can forget the stellar performances of the old days (well, I suppose that the detractors . . . Moss, etc., can
), his wresting winning drives out of a clearly inferior machine, circa 1996. But this is not that guy. With that guy, it was NEVER a question of being overshadowed by his teammate . . . regardless of WHO he was and what the circumstances were. THIS is not THAT guy.
I don't begrudge the man is right to drive in F1 . . . he's still good enough to do that. But please spare us the superciliousness.
Those who are emotionally invested in this driver doing well are in for a long year, I'm afraid.
As for this race: I expect him to finish out of the points. Since his return I've seen nothing to suggest that he is good at nursing a recalcitrant machine. In fact, he's rather too harsh on his tyres.
Enjoy the race, everyone.