Although I'm quite satisfied with Michael's performans today, I am a little disappointed to read this statement. Driving the car which is not driveable has always been Michael's strong suit, hasn't he? In 1996, 1997, he drove those awful machines and won races. So, Michael was able to drive "a car that is not a real car", so it's a bit sad not to find that Michael.
Anyway, I'm hopeful about tomorrow. For the last two years, Michael lost out in Turn 1 as he chose to place his car on the outside. Now with 4th, he should stay inside, which hasn't been historically that problematic.
Michael has driven alot of cars, but the rules have changed so much, that mercedes interpretation of them in 2011 and 2010 was not only wrong/wrong route, it wasn't a ideal car to return too to relearn the sport and get competitive again, he retired and came back, that's no easy task.
He wasn't going to challenge for any wins in 2011, 2010, with the competition of 3 bigger teams, and the most competitive field of an era for sometime, the mercedes car was dissapointing, it was not like 1998, at least he just had 1 strong car to fight with-the mclaren with Mika mainely, now you got Alonso, Hamilton, Vettel etc and your older, and your car isn't anywhere near a win, of cource this years car is a step up, even if the mclaren was faster, or 1997, the driver input was more, on some tracks he could have the advantage, and the budget cap with limited testing meant mercedes could really go nowhere in 2010 and 2011, you have to start off strong, at least at ferrari, they could test, spend, and improve as the season went along, but now you must have a good car to start off with, or you pay the price.
it's very difficult to catch up, I wonder if Kimi will take time to get back into the game, it's hardwork.
Remember back in 2006, Schumacher said about retiring, "once your out, your out for good." Now he's back, it's his challenge. It's difficult catching up, but he's one of the few people who can make you think it's possible, but currently the only one until someone else does it in the future. The book is out for Kimi, and he's been away for 2 seasons, and is 10 years younger then Schumi, lets see how he goes.
Circumstances are different now. So I don't think we can really do comparisons like that.
E.g. now the cars has too much aerodynamic influence.
Budget/testing, playing catch up takes resources away from finding speed and helping drivers sort out/iron out issues. It helps to be in a team that is already structured well, but mercedes wasn't, and it was down on personnel, infact Schumacher menstioned we are small team back in 2010, ferrari did everything on Schumacher's arrival, listen, spend and do and try and try again. Mercedes late 2011 began to look like a team thinking about improvements, 2010 was a wasted year. Merc has been 1 year behind at least and just caught up a year.
Edited by SeanValen, 17 March 2012 - 18:08.