His record from 1991-93 was abysmal. In the 38 races against Prost and Senna, he won 2 times had no poles and no WDC. 2 wins from his 91 wins were against Prost and Senna, wow what a record. He built up his hollow stats in the May 1994-2004 clown years against grandad Hill, Villeneuve and coulthard.
Stats don't tell all, you left things out like Michael was leading Monaco, dnf'd which allowed Senna to win in 93.
Nigel Mansell's Williams advantage left 1992 well alone for others. 1993 Williams again left alot of prizes away from others.
1991 was towards the end of the season Spa, 1992 Spain, Schumi held his own in the rain, Senna spun out-no one's perfect all the time. All in all 1992 was his first f1 rookie season full season done under the dominant williams mansell season, no doubt he was learning still and far from the complete package, but to get success wins and credited performances from Spa, Monaco and Spain, drivers tracks is pretty much what you would ask for from a rising star. Given all those big names.
"Watch Schumacher, he'll be my greatest threat." Senna knew very earlier on and admitted to Berger that Schumacher would be something special. Senna was known to watch Schumacher cornering, Senna was clever as well, these are his rivals, he knew Michael was the up and coming next threat, are you going to argue with Senna and Berger on that.
Schumacher was coming into his own come 1993, and then in 1994 we were robbed of Senna, and even Michael admitted Ayrton was no 1, and Hill was a no 2 driver in a no 1 team, but that doesn't stop how Schumacher went about his business in 1995, that benetton was very sharp to drive, and he won the title with races to spare, even Hill clapped him after one race, and then years later Hill actually admitted he was lucky Schumacher went to ferrari's broken team in 1996, otherwise it's likely Hill wouldn't of won any title, Michael going to ferrari was the best thing to happen to f1 after Senna died, because if you put Michael in a dominant car he will finish the season 2 fast like he did in 2002, miichael going to ferrari, made 96/97/98/99/2000 a whole lot harder for him, but that's the challenge he wanted, because the drives he did in those seasons, alot of them mean more then the titles he has now, the process of building up a team, scaping for points, getting there, hunting for wins rather then people expecting wins, is one of the things he enjoys, ferrari were not expected to win in 96.97/98 especially, ironically some of his greatest drives are in those seasons, makes sense??? the same for Jacques as well, 1997 was Jacques title to win, the fact it went down to the wire was just testament to Schumacher's maxmisation and consistency throughout a season.
94/95/2000/2001/2002/2003/2004/ these were the seasons were earlier on it seemed like MS was considered to be in the hunt for the title, saying that 94 and FIA penalities made it more difficult, benetton in 95 was not ideal, didn't stop him, the mclaren of 2000 and hakkinen was strong enough to take points off him and make it difficult, ferrari suffered with tyre wear up until monza 2000, it wasn't a easy season. in 2003, the FIA decided to change the rules to slow MS and Ferrari down, too good for f1, we had one lap qualifying, were 2 sessions were done, first session championship leader FORCED TO COME OUT FIRST, when the track had less grip, does that seem fair? 2003 was designed to trip ferrari and MS up, and it almost did, he still prevailed.
2006, following 2005, many people didn't think MS would challenge for a title after 2005, but he didn't take a holiday that winter, stayed there, pushed the team, asked about why certain staff had gone, suddenly new staff came in, and came back from mclaren, after MS made a rant, and in 2006, he was challenging for wins again, now renault in 2006 didn't even use their practice sessions at times, their car was easier to dial in, ferrari on the otherhand had to work harder to make their tyres work, observe Imola 2006, Schuey's tyre problems in the race, he still went on to get those inlaps to outflank Alonso when many expected Alonso to win, even Renault's Pat Symonds, a man Schumacher has worked with at Benetton said Schumacher's inlaps were fantastic.
Edited by SeanValen, 18 May 2010 - 23:34.