he was to confident coming back....and now there is no way back....
Well one of the main problems with the current era and being corrected by Todt is the complete lack of testing, there should be at least some limited testing which may come in 2012, with this era of rules, and even when Michael attempted his aborted ferrari comeback in 2009, to come in and practice on friday on the gp weekend with the current car after 3 years out, very brave, but hugely difficult task, if anyone could of made something of it, he would of, but given the expectations on him to perform straight away, the task is difficult, you need practice having been out like that, rookies need practice, returning drivers need practice in some form, I know he hired a old f1 car, but it isn't the same.
Michael once said, once your out your out for good. He's trying to test that out as he is a person who needs challenges, it's alot more difficult then he thought it could be, and maybe the tyres/current car/tyre, the way it needs to be driven is just out of realm from the car/styres he was used too. He's still perhaps having to make comprimises, but if he wheeled out the f-2000 ferrari, would he beat the rest? Maybe. If you remember Kimi on michelins, he wasn't the same on bridgestones, and maybe Alonso is not the same guy who left the michelin shod renault behind, he's still one of the best out there, but my impression of Kimi and ALonso was, they seemed so comfortable on michelins, Alonso hasn't won a title since the tyre wars came to a close, and Hamiton just piped him on bridgestone in 2007.
I don't think these pirelli tyres have helped MS considerably, but maybe his approach to qualifying had been wrong at times, who knows, Brawn has been tlaking about concentrating on race fuel set up more, and the Q3 times of MS at Turkey iis something that needs explaining for MS's own sake and everyone else. Rosberg has been at one with the merc since day one despite it being not a contender, the main issue for MS is driving the way he wants too without making the comprimises he needs too for the tyre/car package, maybe it's the rules/current car/tyre regulation, maybe if the car can contend for wins, or a update that gives him more set up options to be at ease with the car, if you look at Turkey in 2010/Spain 2010/Spa 2010/Suzuka 2010, he was driving like we expect him to and was ahead of Rosberg in his first season back. So as long as MS and Mercedes can understand what's happening, it'll make things much easier to discuss, MS's set ups and the way he drives has always been unique, and his speed in slow corners especially in 2010 was the issue, Brawn said he was fast in the fast corners but losing time in odd corners like slow ones where Rosberg took advantage,yence why MS was fast at Spa/Suzuka/Spain/Turkey last year-fast corners. He has unique set up requrements which would probably bring up unique issues, and we've seen some of that in the races so far. Maybe why he's been fast in races, certainly race pace wise, but not able to find qualifying solutions as it might comprimise his race solution, and since you can't touch the cars overnight from qualifying, with no sunday race warm up, the regulations may have prevented us from seeing his true work ethic in motion/yence comprimised weekends
But now with these rules, you don't need to be on pole, but certainly Vettel can pole and race pace still well, so MS has gotta hover around a top 6 position this year at least if Mercedes continues a improvement, and as many have said, race pace is less of a issue, it's this Q3 situation. Kimi was not the same qualifying driver in 2007 when he came to ferrari and bridgestone, he won the title yes, but his race pace helped more so then poles, MS is gonna have to be more like Alain Prost then Senna in the current era/with his style and these rules.
Edited by SeanValen, 08 May 2011 - 20:59.