There is one major other factor to consider though, a massive difference between this season and the last time we saw the seven time world champion in F1. When I read that Michael is burning up his rears, I think back to the mid 90s and the controversy of Benetton hiding banned electronic driver aids in their software, which were activated by the driver making a particular series of inputs before the start of the race in the cockpit.
This leads me to ask: has Schumacher ever won a world championship without traction control?
Michael Schumacher won the world championships of 1994, 1995 and 2000 without traction control. In 2001, traction control was re-introduced at the fifth of seventeen Grand Prix (in Spain), and Michael Schumacher also won the championship that year (in Hungary, the thirteenth race of the season).
Michael Schumacher was a contender for the championship up to the last race in 1997 (against Villeneuve for Williams) and 1998 (against Hakkinen for McLaren).
TC, or not TC: that is the question.
From Brazil 1994 up to, but not including, Spain 2001, during which traction control was banned, the following short lists can be made:
F1 Championships: 1) Michael Schumacher, 3. 2) Mika Hakkinen, 2. 3) Damon Hill, 1 / Jacques Villeneuve, 1.
Grand Prix wins: 1) Michael Schumacher, 44. 2) Damon Hill, 19. 3) Mika Hakkinen, 18.
Points: 1) Michael Schumacher, 595. 2) Mika Hakkinen, 370. 3) David Coulthard, 320.
Pole positions: 1) Michael Schumacher, 35. 2) Mika Hakkinen, 26. 3) Damon Hill, 18.
Fastest laps: 1) Michael Schumacher, 35. 2) Mika Hakkinen, 23. 3) Damon Hill, 15.
Though I've checked the numbers, I cannot guarantee they are 100% correct, but the overall picture shouldn't change too much if I've missed one or two details.
Hope this helps.
Edited by Nonesuch, 24 April 2010 - 01:07.