I just rewatched the British GP for the first time (after being there at the circuit missing the commentary) and Michael was strong but yet again his incompetence and/or idiocy in traffic ruined another race.
FIA ruined his race at Silverstone 2011 and Canada 2011, the punishment especially was not right, and as a fan, you sound more like fed up in waiting for the FIA not to screw him over when he's doing well, it happaned at Monaco 2010 as well.
But watch Spain 2011 and you would have seen Schumacher that bit better in traffic, where as Rosberg could of done better, Rosberg ran a fine race, nothing great, nothing worth noting, nothing bad, but you could see Michael making more effort in maximising time lost through traffic. Schumacher has raced Hamilton hard in parts at Monaco/Canada, and Alonso brieflly earlier in the year when ferrari and mercedes were closer and overcoming a former champion in Hamilton with a few moves, these are the guys like Hamilton who you need to look good against, and he has, these are the guys expected to go for the title again. Also it's note worthy to note, had the safety car pulled in earlier at Canada, it would of been Michael putting some pressure on Vettel/not Jenson Button, Vettel did make a error, these are the guys Mercedes are going to be up against hopefully.
This DRS/KERS has been a blessing on some tracks and a annoyance at other times, Canada race didn't need it and probabley wouldn't have if the safety car allowed them to race earlier and let these use wet tyres for the reason they were made! To race on a wet track DUH! They waited until the track was ready for intermediates
, I say the FIA robbed fans of a better gp/more fair for the guys in lesser cars to take advantage, and Schumacher's+Mercedes podium got shallowed by a soft FIA stance for a wet race, truely horrible timing for any fans of wet races,, let alone seeing Schumacher doing well. I think for Silverstone, DRS was not needed until the track was proper dry.
DRS is a on going experiment, and I think more then likely, some drivers/teams will get screwed over, or get effected by it, if there is wet/dry races, and drivers have made set ups and gambles, I would rather avoid DRS, it can be overkill, it was at Canada..
The FIA truely are everywhere, lets keep the cars behind the safety car, don't let the drivers use wet tyres!! wait for the track to be good for intermediates for Canada! Silverstone, it's still wet, but we must activate DRS, why? Because maybe we should, buy why? Who knows, plenty of run off area if cars hit, they'll be ok.
I think that from day one of his return Michael is aiming higher than being ahead of his teammate in the points. And besides getting back to form and scrubbing out the rust, he has to reconquer his place among the current group of drivers, different manners of driving and racing by them. Hence the mistakes and incidents. Many things have changed for three years and it appears that a comeback takes longer than we and Michael himself expected. The car also does not contribute.
But, like you, I am also pleased to see the same fighter and when weather equalizes car differences - same master - on the track.
Edited by SeanValen, 18 July 2011 - 01:53.