... and so for Wayne Gardner in Moto GP, no one else could ride his bike (and you couldn't shut Mick Doohan up for years complaining about it).
All this proves is whats happening now, drivers have individual styles, cars have changed over 3 years and MS is in a car that wasn't drawn from any of his own foundations so he needs to adapt and thats happening now. It could well be that the chassis this year won't be able to be adapted to his style similar to as it took time to adapt the Honda bike chassis to Doohan's style - and look what happened there. Don't forget that chassis are frozen and a redesign is out of the question.
I still fail to miss any valid point other than people digging their heels in while they can.
People digging their heels while they can.
That you fail to miss any valid point does not necessarily mean that there isn´t one. If there is one, you may simply not want to see it, for reasons of your own...
1.) It will be interesting to see if Brawn can provide a chassis that suits Michael´s driving characteristics under present regs
, although that might turn out to be trying to square the circle...Let´s hope I´m wrong.
2.) Then there is the time factor
. As you point out, it may happen that they will not manage to get the chassis suitable for Michael´s driving style within 2010.
If Michael manages to get to a level of driving from Barcelona or a little later onwards, a level where he was say in Australia before the starting incident with Alonso, then all will be fine and we might see Michael becoming the serial winner again as whom we have come to know him over all those years. The latest in 2011 he should be again such a winner.
If he continues with further abysmal showings like in China, then time might be running short for Michael, though.
Neither Mercedes GP nor he himself would be able to endure a year of further races like China...
Imagine the media storm - in Germany and in some other parts the media started to get into position for shooting sharp in the aftermath of China. If that would continue, neither Mercedes nor Michael would want to undergo the ongoing and increasing negative publicity. On the other hand, would Michael throw it into the weeds, the outcry and shame would be similarly massive, so really Michael and Mercedes are in a bit of a fix here if they would not be able to get it better soon. The stakes are high.
My personal opinion, which I stated at the beginning of this year: Michael will do somewhat respectably and win one race, and everybody will be happy. I am sure he will recover. The negative option described above no one wants to see happening, as it is a very painful option. That would include lots of discussions here on the BB, mods having a real hard time, with some people staying away from particular threads after a while, as the arguing would become too bitter and poisonous.
3.) What regards the statements that James Allen made in his 2007 biography of Michael Schumacher, that Michael Schumacher is the driver who "can drive around" problems in a car
, to formulate it mildly - this myth has been debunked heftily. It is interesting to see that those who are apologetic of Michael Schumacher now mention that the car is not suiting Michael´s driving style, while in earlier times the argument was that Michael can drive around anything, that he is the driver of drivers, the numero uno, if there ever was one.
So the analysis shows, that indeed a certain set-up can hurt Michael and his results on track badly. Consequently, a certain set up and set of rules can and has obviously benefited Michael and his results on track.
Which relativates to a certain degree the achievements of MS from 1994 - 2004 and then, for one more year in 2006.
Note that I say "to a certain degree". To bring the hammer down so effectively and dominantly like Michael did is something we might never see again in the whole history of the sport. Congrats to him for that.
Still, would it have been for another set of rules, like in 1991-1993, 2005 and 2010, the "era Schumi" would have looked slightly different...
In 1992, 1993 and 2005 Michael was the very good driver that he really is, taking one win in each year. Exactly the one win that I believe he will also make this year, if and when everything fits perfectly.
Yet the dominant force that MS was from 1994 - 2004, the era Schumi, was obviously benefited by a very specific set of regs, and maybe Michael´s friends in very high places can help him bring back such regs for 2011.... it will be interesting to see if that happens, and what happens then.
So to recap,
1.) MS is and has always been a very good driver who has been
2.) helped massively by a great team behind him (Todt, Brawn, Byrne) and
3.) a set of regs in place from 1994 - 2004 that suited perfectly Michael´s kart style, sprint race oriented driving style, that is highly abrasive on the rear tyres.
You may not see the point, and you may not want to see the point. I see the point, and I want to see the point.
So let´s reconcile this matter with agreeing to disagree.