Backtracking a bit more are we? The discussion was clearly about qualifying pace, wherein you claimed (incorrectly) that Nico was half a second faster than Michael. Here's a few of your posts:
How am I back tracking, when I am reinforcing that the discussion is about qualifying pace rather than grid position? My claims were correct when you stopped cherry picking and just took their fastest qualifying laps. Feel free to suggest a better method to measure qualifying pace, than the fastest qualifying lap.
if you want to talk about pace, lets talk about race pace. The trouble is Schumacher's race pace was generally better than Nico's, so that won't work for you. I guess you're left with cherry picking times from various sessions then.
No not various sessions, just the entire 1 hour qualifying.I don't have a problem with race pace but the problem is that its much harder to judge because of so many other factors, and I think its very hard to really compare their race pace, although from memory whenever I looked at thir live timing Michael was almost always slower. under equal conditions.
Incidentally your whole analysis leaves a lot to be desired. Firstly, you absolutely cannot rely on drivers going as fast as possible during qualifying. There's lots of times when that's not the case. Secondly, if you pick random times from various sessions, you've eliminated the common denominator, as conditions are constantly changing. If you really insist on comparing Q pace, then each session must be taken as its own sample. Otherwise you are comparing apples with oranges. Thirdly, according to the rules Q1 & Q2 times are wiped out for those who make it to Q3, so its pointless to include them in any discussion, as they count for exactly nothing.
Wow, where do I start.
1. You can rely on drivers going as fast as they can in qualifying more than any other session.
2.There is no reason that a driver would not go as fast as possible in qualifying because that is the point of qualifying. It never happens, unless they don't bother setting a time at all to save tyres.
3. There is only a 10 minute difference between Q2 and Q3, which is not enough time for conditions to change.
4. For the purpose of final grid position, Q2 times do not count for anythinf, but this is a discussion about qualifying pace, not grid position, so those times are absolutely valid and important.
BTW, fastest laps don't account for any points, look at Raikkonen's final season. A bunch of fastest laps, but nowhere in the Championship, to the point where he was ousted by Ferrari.
Nowhere did I mention fastest race laps.
Bottom line: Schumi was generally slower than Nico in qualifying, but not nearly to the extent you were claiming. Why not just accept this and move on?
I am not claiming anything, the numbers and facts speak for themselves, and prove Michael was around 0.5 slower on average in qualifying than Nico.