Jock clears comments demonstrate what a mistake it has been to still have him in f1
firstly if he still holds that attitude then he should resign and secondly his opnion is so sill y and simply doesnt stand up to scrutiny.
yes he made mistakes in 2 crucial battles.
as for stalling on th egrid that has been explained away and was not so uncommon as implied. timing was awful.
whilst 2002, 2003 and 4 were won relatively easily he also won many crucial races
how bout monza when he broke down - he had to win to keep his championship alive. how bout japan 2000 racing a driver in a better elague than jacques and evenly matched car, in the light rain with changing conditions - no pressure just the italian and world media, the tifosi, montazemalo on your back but hey no pressure there either Jock. how bout china 2006 when his win against the odds revitalised his championship including holding off alonso as the track was becoming drenched with late shower - no pressure Jock?
sorry aditiya but just cause some people are in F1 doesnt make their opinions necessarily more accurate. like Clear, like DC, like Herbert - these people fundamentally dont like schumacher and I suspect he doesn tlike them either - probably stemming from the fact that he ahsnt hid his lack of respect for them - like Damon and Jacque. unlike Alonso and Hakkinnen. On the same basis should DC also be giving up his saloon car career?
these individuals also struggle to keep their personal opinion separate from a professional opinion - it devalues both.
the only problem suggesting michael should retire is his Q2/3 performance - lets not blow it out of proportion
if it continues as bad as it was in Turkey then I would agree he should give it up having demonstarted that michael 2011 is not michael 2000. frankly there were signs even 2006 that he was not quite the driver of yesteryear but still better than most if not all on the grid.
lets not forget that Mansell on his return after 1 year absence was nowehere near damons pace even in the best car. that lauda wasnt as fast as his teammate on his return either. there are simple consequences of ageing that all the fitness, determination and ability cannot entirely reverse.
I take all your points on board Black Magic, and even agree their basic factuality, but I don't think dismissing Clear's opinions out of hand is useful. I say this having been a big fan of Michael's through to when the FIA clearly started to work for Ferrari. I even made excuses for Schumie's clash with JV (I was wrong).
However something that was clear (no pun intended
) during the 1997-2001 era was that Mika really was "iceman" and he had an advantage in composure over Michael, no doubt IMO. Of course there were times when MS drove impeccably, and at times sensationally, almost supernaturally (in the wet at Spa for example). Mistakes are common of all drivers but it is wrong to think that Michael was particularly strong in this area, he wasn't, and Mika was. Their battles were among the great ones of all time (Suzuka 2000 just one).
I think Michael's error rate in his second stint in F1 is very high, at a level of F1 rookies. His move on Rubens was beyond the pale and the single most memorable event of his comeback, other than the general gloom of his mediocrity. Cruel mockers of Michael would actually want him to continue in F1, a past-it former champion getting humiliated by his teammate. I don't relish it as his racing record, despite the blemishes, was fantastic and the very reason I came back from F1-viewing retirement after all that disgusting Senna/Prost BS.
I don't think 7 WDCs gives you the right to expect to be carried and M-B are currently carrying a poor No 1 driver who is not up to No 2 status for a team aspiring to winning races. Remember too, we don't even know how good Rosberg is, only that he is NOT BAD and much better than the 2010/11 Scumacher.