You should check out the 1954 Mercedes Benz Streamliner if you think there was no aero development and if the cars had less grip at high speed, then you'd agree that they were inherently more dangerous back then, correct? And don't delude yourself into thinking that just because the cornering speeds were slower back then that the cars themselves were slow or that the reflexes of the drivers back then were any less slow than those of todays' drivers, that's rubbish.
_lateral and longitudinal accelerations were ridiculous low in 1950's cars because of very low grip
_acceleration accounts for the change in motion
_If the change in motion(acceleration or reaction of the car) is low, then the human reaction needed to cope with it is therefore slower as well.
There is one seriously deluded person in this debate and it's not me
Emmo did win the Indy 500 that year so he might be a good example that some drivers still can drive into their 40s. You might also want to mention Mario and so on, but the series also had a young Paul Tracy and really good racers. As strange as it may sound today there were a lot of talk about F1 vs Cart/Indycar around 1993 and F1 wasn't that far ahead.
I won't compare it regarding competitiveness or driving skills but the downforce levels of F1 cars in 93 were considerably higher than the ones of Cart. Additionally, F1 cars were 150kg lighter. All this leads to a big difference in car's accelerations.
From many sources that I collected throught out the years:
_F1 cars had about 4000 pounds of downforce at 165mph for Monaco configuration back in the 1994 era(before Imola and the afterwards constant restriction in aerodynamics)
_1994 Cart cars had 3460 pounds of downforce, in their highest downforce configuration, at the speed of 165mph
F1 cars with drivers, oils and etc weighted 595kg back then, while Carts weighted 750kg and I don't even know if driver included.
Anyway - I don't think Michael has lost a lot of speed. Maybe a tenth or something. I think it is more about different team, different rules, different racing. And maybe Rosberg is really fast, who knows?
I think Schumacher is faster now at 43 than when he was at 28. I also think Trulli, who was a very good qualifier a while ago, is even faster now at his advanced age.
Therefore, I think Rosberg and Kovalainen are the fastest drivers F1 has ever seen by a very big margin, considering the gaps they sometimes impose to their team mates.
The disappearance of the EBD might help MSC a little bit - he looked a little bit better in Qualifying in the first half of 2010 (MGP introduced their first EBD in Valencia afaik) against Rosberg than in the 2nd half of 2010 and the 2011 season.
But overall i think he might very likely still lack some pace in Qualifying.
I think only RBR had EBD in 2010. I always thought other teams introduced it only on theirs' 2011 cars. That aside, I also expect to see Rosberg keep faster.
I need to watch the race again my interest waned a bit after Lewis crashed out, so the main part i remember is Lewis spinning Webber and himself off, then him being quicker than Schumacher which lead to Schumacher forcing him off the track, then of course Lewis crashing into Jenson, so i guess i was feeling a bit mean spirited to Schumacher,
I don't remember this at all.
There was so much that happened that i can't recall things, i know strategy played its part somewhat
Strategy had almost 0% in Schumacher's results in Canada. It was like 99,9% his won driving skill climbing throught the field and posting fast laps.
Edited by Kubiccia, 14 February 2012 - 22:25.