Johan, there is already enough chatter in the pit lane - Joe Saward has been recently expressing it like this:
The ability to assess oneself honestly is vital in the job of being an F1 driver and a team boss (as in any employment where performance is important). A smart driver will always say “I screwed up” when he makes a mistake. That way he is respected much more by the team, and by sensible observers, than would be the case if he tried to shift the blame elsewhere.
I would say, for example, that Michael Schumacher needs to have a good look at himself and ask difficult questions, rather than saying that the tyres are not good and that Bruno Senna was to blame for the accident between them in Barcelona.
Of course, not many in this thread will be agreeing that he has a point....
Of course not.
For each negative comment in the paddock, you'll find an equally positive one, especially from those closer to him. The ones who really know him as I am sure you do... Right?
Yes, right you are. I have travelled around the globe a few times, and made living on four continents, yet towards end of my life I can tell you that creating moral template and expecting that all people will fit the frame has never worked properly. Saward's expectations are his only, and he can live with those, no problem. Point being, that Schumacher has come out from a slightly different culture, and for those of us who follow him long enough we know that he is a sincere person who has admitted to a mistake when he felt like that. Obviously this time he expected something else, and I do not pretend that I know what it was. (Like Vettel in Turkey). I think about it like synchronized swiming, and if one deviates, pile of them go down. I am not blaiming Senna; all what I am saying is that I do not understand techical side of the incident, but just from watching Michael, there was something else in this. Could be that word "idiot" was just a relieve valve open (others say s**t), maybe he was angry with himself. I am not sure, but based on his performance this year I would be careful to write him off, and baseless, far encompassing attack on him is really uncalled for, as pecially when there is one standard for Schumacher, and another for McLaren boys. F1 of today is markedly different from times when he chased Senna and/or Prost, yet he has adopted well. My compliment to him.
You don't need to have lived in four different continents to see things this way. Though admittedly, greater exposure does make it more likely, though by no means a guarantee. A close look at oneself quickly tempers the judgmental side. Traveling allows for this possibility since the contrasting experiences can make you no longer take some things for granted as true and correct. Not many do this since as quoted above, it can be difficult to do so even if one travels the bloody globe. I so see myself in Schumacher in terms of the flaws admixed with sincerity and the strong will to do well. That's the basic person and we get to see it all in someone who has achieved so much.. We try to say that he had it easy, but name the big achiever who simply didn't CONSISTENTLY make use of the opportunities offered him/her.
He may be in his twilight now, but he still definitely deserves to be where he is. The paddock is no exception for harboring egos that know no bounds. In fact, they are nurtured there. Be careful with any negative commentary about Schumi that amounts to a fundamental attack on his person. Comments like those of Joe Saward. He's just looking for some glory himself.