No matter how much MS's seasons goes up and down, this car which mercedes haven't had confidence in translating upgrades and tyre performance from design to gp weekends, they've lost something in the understanding process, 'we've seen fast practice times from Nico in other races then tyre problems in the races, so something is wrong with this team, and ideally how can a returning MS really get on with it coming late into a team in Christmas who really have not been prepared and have surprised themselfs with these issues. Lack of testing is a problem for all, but Redbull and Mclaren have handled it better, and both have had at least 1 driver who's been around for more then one season, I don't think mercedes is set up to gain from these rules like redbull/mclaren have/even ferrari look like their throwing things on the car in confusion, without testing, simulation is different.
For MS to understand a car which the team don't get fully, and then to try and impose his classic oversteer driving style on it, it's just too many technical things from the inside, and I hope they can work on it for 2011, because we've seen speed from MS, but in terms of set up options and extracting that speed, MS I think is in hte most difficult situation with a car that the team don't fully get, now if MS can pop in a redbull or a mclaren like Bernie said, I'm sure the old Michael would be there, but for this season it seems his set up options are limited on this car, it's plaine to see, he'll be fast on certain tracks, but the way he's driving and using hard tyres instead of soft, it's clearly a issue that his style probably is having a tough time, so I kinda expect unusual times in practice and odd gps with different plans. He is having to compensate and drive differently and utimately I do expect him to struggle on certain tracks and different things until he and the team sort it out for 2011. Michael and Brawn haven't really gone into detail regarding the technical side of things, and in the future I expect more to be discussed regarding the issues MS had in 2010, because we can't fully understand it until they speak about it.
I think the pure speed is gone - for now anyway. I also believe (nee hope) it will return and the vultures will get off his back.
Canada was an anomoly; poor strategy, poor tyres choice, extra stop, puncture etc. It didn't truly reflect Schumacher's pace.
Valencia - he did get the second fastest lap of the race suggesting that he is still very fast and very consistent (unless the team wreck his chances)
It's significantly closer between the two than what the results have led us to believe.
Michaels pace in Valencia and the qualifying issues compared to his qualifying times, why a struggle in quali, then so fast in the race, so again, looking at the team, they are behind in the tyre understanding, had Michael been driving a redbull/mclaren who clearly seem to have consistent tyre performance over 2 days, I'm sure he would be alright.
Mercedes not getting on top of it's tyre understanding-MS hard tyre season why, not using softs often? Wil next season with different rubber create different car all together
MS trying to set up a car to his liking which already is confusing to the team even before he implies a set up change-not good, very difficult technicals season for MS, even if it wasn't his come back, the combination of the rules, mercedes lack of unserstanding, I think a younger MS would still struggle with what he has to play with this season, remember he's driven in alot of f1 seasons, but his testing and efforts behind the scenes this year at mercedes, he's hampered more so then he would expected to have been.
Edited by SeanValen, 10 July 2010 - 10:43.