All this staff are bullshit. His the same guy. And no his age doesn't make him much slower ether. It doesn't matter how old you are in F1. All that matters is if you are able to keep your condition while racing so your performance won't drop because of exhaustion. It doesn't seem like his half-dead when he gets out of the car to me. He seems quite fine actually.
It's simply that people had this crazy ideas(especially his fans) that Schumacher could win championships even with a Minardi simply because he has 7 titles.
He ain't a miracle man and Rosberg could very well fight him even if he was 10 years younger, lets not forget the guy never really drove against a good teammate or a team mate that even got the same attention.
His biggest power wasn't his amazing speed(am not saying the guy is slow, his a good driver but no he never was particularly faster than other good drivers) but the ability to make a whole team focus around him. Combine that with the luck of having the best cars and rules that fitted him perfectly and he was doing wonderfully.
thanks for sharing your wisdom with us. You seem an extreme expert on all those things.
Curiously, I already posted in this thread(or the RosXSchu one) how researches with aircraft pilots demonstrated how everybody loses reaction/reflexes with age. And this was related to "eye reaction" not to mention body reaction which is very important in fast car such as F1s. Maybe you don't know but drivers reacts to understeer/oversteer not by seeing it but by feeling it first with their bodies attached to the car. As you get older, your feeling for motion/forces gets slower and slower.
If you think Schumacher never showed to be much faster than almost all drivers he ever driven against, then you never watched F1 in his old days.
The "luck" he had for having dominant cars only occured to him in 2001,2002,2003(not that dominant),2004 and parts of 2006. In 2000 it was even a bit slower than Mclaren, I would say.
rules that fitted him? omg, cry-babying at it's peak. Yeah Schumacher had specific rules to make him seem better.
Of course it does. In every sport it does.
And it´s not just fitness in F1 that´s linked with the "problem" of age. Racing requires a wide area of cognitive demands.
In simple terms: Many of these are way more related to your brain than to your body, and some of these brain functions just slightly degrade with age.
In another 25 years MSC might not be able to park his road car safely and that would´ve nothing to do with fitness.
Fangio won his 5th WDC at the age of 46.
Yeah, when cars had bicycle tires_with same grip as tires made of rock_, no aerodynamical development whatsoever and instead of having downforce, the cars in 50's had lift, which means they had even less grip at high speeds.
As a consequence, braking zones were huge, speed in corners were ridiculously slow and reflexes needed to cope with this slow machines are much much less than todays.
Today's Nascar cars reacts very slowly and that's why older drivers can be succesfull there. Driving there is more like antecipating things than reacting to the car. That's why Montoya, a much more talented guy than say 90% of Nascar drivers, couldn't set the world on fire there.
Seems to be a very good lap, give him the right car he will be back on top. He hasnt lost any of his speed or reflexes, he may have lost a few % but nothing that would make him look weak compared to the current crop of drivers in equal machinery.
I dont want to agree or to disagree on your conclusion, but you can't tell from the video. What exactly do you see in there? It was a quite ok lap, yeah. But I can't see anything special, acutally he misses quite a few apexes. Far from perfect.
Most drivers laps look like this, so what?
I agree with Nigol. The lap is ok and that's it. It's worthy mentioning that he was confortably the faster on this qualifying than anybody outside the TOP 3 teams. This lap does not represent some of the very poor qualifying performances Schumacher showed sometimes in 2010/2011.
Schumacher was faster than Button and Hamilton(Top drivers of today driving a Mclaren with more downforce than Mercedes) through Degner 1 corner but that's it, he can show some glimpses of old form in one corner but will not do that in the entire lap.
In this thread you can see that he was faster than the Mclarens in the corner I mentioned:http://forums.autosp...howtopic=155676