In 2010 and 2011-I didn't hear much positive comments regarding tyres. I remember the 2011 tyres perhaps being a bit better, but nothing really positive. The choice of Schumacher's words "We made some very good work with the new tyres, which are certainly much better for a driver – they are more consistent and a lot closer to what you would expect from a Formula 1 tyre."
Something like a new tyre, and the off throttle banning could just be the extra shift for his driving, no doubt in 2011 his race pace was there in alot of races, but still you know with the car/tyres/rules, he was still trying to do a comprimise on race set up, Schumacher wants to drive these cars in a certain way, and when he returned,f1 cars just wasn't to his liking, yet he stuck with it, but still you could tell he doesn't quite like tyres/rules these past 2 years, so a comment on the new tyres is not much to go on, and mercedes still have to build a fast car, but for Michael's own satisfaction and us viewers, I would like to see him able to use his skills and not be comprised by the tyres/rules/electronics-off throttle, it could be a combination of many things, but whatever, I want to see a season with all the champions be really good and if MS is in good shape driving, it will only make a potential classic season ever better, to be competitive and fast at his age is already impressive, but because he is Schumacher, he expects more and so do we, so that his is challenge, and like some have said, he's probabley the only one who could pull it off. It'll be a fasinating season, but looking back at Canada 2011, when MS was in 2nd place for a time, it completely hyped up the forum to see lets face it the great living legend of our f1 times a main player for the high prize again, and with the current crop of drivers, ion paper there's alot of interesting possibilities, but that's what you get from a name like him, expectations huge always, last 2 years may have delayed the buzz, but if he does do well, it will only recreate the buzz especially at his age.
Anyway, whatever happens, glad he tried, it's not easy walking away from something you enjoy, and not everyone gets a 2nd chance to do it again, life is short, and he's still fitter then probabley most people in this forum half his age, impressive.
Edited by SeanValen, 09 February 2012 - 02:57.