I think Schumacher's near-success in Canada had more to do with being on the right tires at the right time. It was soon as the track started to dry out that he began to lose his hard-fought track position. Agreed that he needs a better car but so does every mid-field driver.
What Canada also showed was perhaps that bit of spirit, as you would always race harder, when you can smell a sniff of a great result, and with Vettel making that mistake to allow Button to get through, you wonder if it remained wet, if Schumacher could of kept Vettel honest enough to the end to get a similar sort of mistake out of him, Vettel will go for the win regardless, but he was really pushed by Button's pace with Mclaren, and Schumacher himself showed perhaps that Spa 1998 grit, getting right up on the kerbs/ultimate extraction from certain sectors to keep Webber behind him, and he would of gotten the job done like he did back in the days, except the DRS this time out took away his hard work, and it didn't help the FIA kept their safety cars out too long at the wrong times, I mean if your going to run wet tyres, let the drivers who are going to go for it, go for it, not wait until inters are needed, which defeats the purpose of a wet tyre. I think for the first wet race of the season we got our answer regarding Schuey more, I think at Korea last year in the rain he was very solid, but missing that extra grit, maybe the pirelli tyres in general and his progress in understanding the rubber has gotten to the level we expected last year more often, and even in the dry at Monaco qualifying/Canada qualifying, he was up there, so that dry running performance reflected his race performance in the wet as well. If the merc can get better, it'll be a fasinating 2nd half of the season. Schuey's ready, patient and willing, his comments about we have no magic makes sense, ferrari are struggeling for wins, redbull where nowhere back in in the DC/Vettel years.
Hakkinen waited 5 years for his title with Mclaren, Kimi waited and never got his with mclaren despite 5 years with them, yet first year with ferrari, he got his first and only from shiney ferrari left over from Schuey's team, then went without one, then retired. Hamilton will likely have to wait for 5 years for his 2nd title, Alonso already is and hasn't won a title since MS retired.
Edited by SeanValen, 17 June 2011 - 02:40.