But, and this is MHO, the flaw in your arguement is that it wasn't necessary for Schumacher to use the tactics that he did. And that is always going to be the crux of the critiscm against him. By doing so, he opened himself up to those who were/are critical of his actions. To say that SSM and SJS have the egos the size of Britain has nothing to do with the argument against him. That is nothing more than a convenient lashing out at 2 highly regarded (well, maybe not around these parts) drivers. Bullyboy tactics need not be tolerated regardless of the era, saying that the times are different lends no justification to said tactics. And I Highly doubt that either SSM or SJS feel threatend by Schumacher's "greatness", why should they?
It would appear from what you write here that you don't understand me. I'm not justifying any of the shady stuff Schumacher did. I simply understand them and I understand him as a person. His huge success as well as his failures go together to make him the complete individual that he is. No one is above reproach and no one should be held to an unrealistic standard and judged based on such a standard. As to the era difference, the current racing era is a lot safer and this allows for a different type of racing. We see this among many of the drivers. Michael isn't at all alone in this respect and it's grossly unfair to single him out. This is all that I'm saying. Back in the day of Stewart and Moss, bullboy tactics were often rewarded by death or serious injury. So as someone from that era, don't come now and get all sanctimonious about such behaviour not existing back then because of inherent gentlemanly conduct on the part of saintly drivers. You never really understand until you see this sort of thing in action. As someone living in a developing nation where corrupt behaviour has the opportunity to go unchecked from top to bottom, it's always amusing to see someone from a developed nation arrive to live here for a while. There's the usual self-righteous commentary but before you know it, we have to be telling this very same person to be careful. It's amazing what an atmosphere of accountability does to people and before you know it, their egos twist it into personal virtue rather than towing the line to save one's skin.
As to lashing out, I respect them a lot. I even read Stewart's autobiography and enjoyed it a lot. However, I smiled at the ego that oozed from his prose, knowing full well that it's that same ego that got him the success he now enjoys and a reputation that he will make all sorts of negative commentary to uphold. Not to mention Moss. He's full of ego as well and has a greatness that's even more delicate because of lack of results (all things relative of course). Though his supporters are secure in their image of him, he apparently isn't from his perspective, or else he'd not make some of the comments that he makes. He really doesn't need to. Again, much respect to him and his achievements. My point is that they're all human and choose where to be bullies or crafty, whether on or off the track.
Take Alonso, another fierce competitor like Michael. His resume isn't clean either. Love the dude for his huge heart and motivation. Go Alonso and don't let the sanctimonious chatter get you down too much.
Vettel is the next in line under the microscope (incidents with Webber and Karthikeyan) and poor Hamilton.... does he get a beating from the sanctimonious crowd who support other drivers/teams!! I'm not at all saying that Vettel and Hamilton aren't above criticism. I'm saying who the hell isn't??? Especially when we're referring to fierce competitors, determined to win and who are almost boys for that matter.
Michael is grown up now... very different from 1991, but I'm sure still a fierce competitor and still with flaws. However, his legacy continues. Go Michael and ignore the blabbering in your wake. Make us even prouder!
Edited by ali_M, 06 May 2012 - 18:26.
Edited as part of it wasn't relevant.