The Williams faster??? I thought Schumi drove a supremely dominant car to his championships in the 2000's.
I enjoyed that lap. Brings back memories.
I think Schumacher made his championships look really efficient because he didn't just win the races where the ferrari had a advantage, he also won races or points where there was a real challenge for the gp win, maybe not the title always, but certain gps williams, renault or mclarens got in on the action, it's very easy to sumerise his seasons, but there's alot of great driving which maximised some races where he could of lost and no one would of thought much of it, except because it's Schumacher, his standards meant we expected him to never have a off weekend.
Ferrari had a overall good car performance to reliability over the season in 2001, but Mclaren were stronger in some of the races then they got credit for-remember David Couthard somehow challenging Schumacher pacewise and getting pole at Monaco, Hakkinen lost Spain near the end with engine, but the car was faster then in qualifying While Schumacher overall won the season earlier, by finishing on the podium alot, there were some very challenging races for him. At Canada 2001, clearly Ralf and Williams was the faster package and again at Imola-where MS's rims had broklen-the wheels and the williams ran Schumacher very close at nurburgring. You may want to watch those races again sometime.
The Ferrari f-2001 was something Michael was able to push really hard in qualifying, but in the race it's advantage was less, if you remember Brazil 2001, another race where Williams this time with Montoya had the measure of the ferrari, David Couthard went on to win the race, it was a odd race for Schuey because he had trouble with handeling the ferrarin in the race-he set up the car differently for the race, not expecting rain, but with rain, it became even more difficult, he wasn't happy with that race. The f-2001 was awesome in qualifying with Schumacher driving it, bu t the car had a smaller fuel tank, so strategy wise, we saw Williams and Mclarens at times staying out longer because their fuel tank was bigger, so Schumacher had to run his race faster as he had less laps of fuel to get the pitstop breakthrough in some races, I think it's easy to take that for granted, but Nurburgring 2001 probabley one of Schumacher's best races in 2001 and his career for weekend performance, and I remember ferrari president Luca Demontezemlo especially praising Schumacher for his performance that race.