Big deal that he made a lot of passes at the back... he still used bad judgement when it matters and cost him and the team valuable points and positions. Passing backmarkers hardly means a thing. It's passing the faster people ahead of you that matters!
Seriously people.. get your head out of arse and see what is really going on.
I want MS to get good results, but I'm not naive enough to not see what happened to today..
Ok lets analyse some of what you wrote. Nico did a better job than Michael in qualifying yesterday and finished behind a Force India, a Williams and a Sauber. Michael had 3 phases of the race, at the start when he made up places, after his new nose he made up places, and after the penalty he made up places. He had great race pace in all 3 stages and overtook Force Indias, Williams's and Saubers. Faster cars on Saturday. Not backmakers.
He made one mistake going into a corner in tricky conditions. Massa and Lewis also made mistakes at similar times. It wasn't a rash overtake, its unfortuate he collected Kobayashi. It happens.
He ended up 17 seconds behind Nico, who had clear air, while having to race and overtake people. He must have lost 15 seconds losing the nose, and another 20-25 for the penalty and was still only 17 seconds behind.
9th isn't a great result, but I'm not the one whos being naive.