I wish I could agree with your post Poep, I really do, but unfortunately I just can't. Schumi is still good, and he can do some stuff in ROC and karts but... thats not the same as F1 and I'm not sure the competitions are comparable for various reasons.
Concentrating on F1, and specifically Rosberg as he is the best barometer, yes Michael has had some problems that have made him look 'bad' in some races. He's been very unlucky in a few quali sessions with KERS and DRS issues.
But having watched all the quali and raced and most of the practise sessions since his comeback, Rosberg is almost always about 0.3-0.5s ahead of Schumi on raw single lap pace. Sometimes he's managed to be a bit better and pull something out of the bag, but almost always that gap has been there across almost all sessions. Its too consistent to just be a coincidence.
Schumi still looks like he can cut it in the races, and I don't think he's lost any of his desire to win. Given his age and time away from the sport I actually think its quite a remarkable achievement from him. To have lost something and still be 'good' shows just how good he was at his peak imo.
I agree with you. Heres the problem, As a outsider LH always looks faster on raw speed vs JB, never any question, SV always looks faster vs MW, never any question, FA always looks faster vs FM, never any question, actaully if I was a suporter of JB, MW or FM is someways it would be much easier, just accept it and enjoy the races watching your guy trying to win with a better strategy of take advantage of a little luck. With MS just when you are thinking about accpeting NR has it over him MS throws in a lap or a race which gives you quite strong hope.
So why can somedays MS really look like he can match NR or even have the edge?? My question is does MS struggle in setting his car up compared to NR and the rest of the field? It is something no one really questions because how can MS with his 7 world tiltes and his vast experience struggle in this department, it should be his advantage, the area where he can make up for his disadvantage, age, right?
Edited by SpeedyS, 04 June 2011 - 01:32.