It's so strange to race as MS in the ps3 game F1CE then see how he is nowadays. I wish F1 hadn't had such a radical change lately, and that testing was allowed...
See it out, f1 changes alot year to year, infact with no testing it's likely why MS has come back as well along with other reasons, with no testing, he's got more time to himself and family, more time to focus on fitness and chill out. But yeah without testing he won't be making huge gains for the team and himself, the team has to adapt better in a era of race simulation and Michael is such a unique specimen in regardes to driving style and the set ups he does, lets see how the first mercedes car with him in the team works out in the next 2 years, once MS says he can drive consistently with this tyre/car like he used too, something he has not been able to achieve on all tracks, then MS will make his own judgement how good he really is compared to the past, and that's when we'll really know how he is these days, he is more patient and chilled out then alot of people expect these days, but he has his 3 year programme with the team, his 2nd and 3rd season for me will show the promise, ths year has shown how long it's going to take for him to utilise the tools and work with mercedes, not everyone is patient to see that out, he is, we've seen fast times from him, and Spain/Turkey/Monaco showed he found setups to go for the next best points available to him for a car that's not going for a win.
Once he gets that win and gets that big result, it will silence everyone, until then he's going to have to endure one step back while making steps forwards, all the while knowing f1 public will only demand the best from him, spain/turkey/monaco performances/had those not happened, there would be no foundations to base his future attack, but this will be his likely toughest f1 year, given the expectations, the legend he is, alot of people have patience for Tiger Woods and a Roger Federer to go more great things, but neither retired and come back, so with MS you have to be thinking long term and patient as he is, and if then he leaves without showcasing a strong showing and fight, then alot of the nonsense written on the forums can be invited back, but for now it's too early, but if you hang out on forums long enough, you'll see too many people not patient enough to think long term, watching MS struggle now and again, and this year as it has been is tough for fans, not what the sport wants to see, but this chapter is still open for future revisions, we see how people ignore MS beating button at race of champions all the time, but have no clue to what MS is going through in figuring out his driving extraction from the current car, rules change, tyres change, maybe this year is the most difficult car MS has ever drove for himself, and maybe this year is Rosberg's best f1 seaosn ever in a f1 car in comparison to a teamate because of MS driving the car like he hasn't need to for any other f1 car before.
The chapter on MS is work in progress, jump 2 early conclusions now, look silly later.
After a bad race this year, posts become about debunking his previous achievements, after a good race, you see the promise of future additions to a legend. Over his f1 career, MS has been more consistent then anyone. Button and Webber have had truely awful races in the past and have been written off as wasted their f1 chances, and they hadn't even retired yet, yet they have strong seasons later on, and everything is fine, MS is coming back from a retirement having already achieved status, achievement and everything, I'm more inclined to believe a patient MS about his future potential then some of these drivers in top cars now.
Had MS been at ferrari in 2010 and did the same mistakes as Alonso did this year and had the badluck as Alonso has had, they'll be calling for MS's retirement I'm sure. The main thing for MS is to drive these cars like he has driven alot of f1 cars in the past, now he's working with a jenson button car really, but if and the team know what's goings on, and they can utilise his style for the next car in 2011, then it's game on, the current car even with updates has inherent problems-and it's likely compounded or slowed down MS's learning and execution on tracks, Rosberg is doing a fine job with this current car, but it's likely the most difficult car MS has driven yet, so I'm not prepared to rate Rosberg until MS has come up to the standard he's happy with-that should happen in 2011, Rosberg is enjoying a good Trulli doing well against Alonso period in 2004, if we remember Alonso wasn't doing that well in that renault compared to Trulli, and yet Alonso wasn't a retired driving coming back like MS, and Alonso and Kimi did really look awesome on michelin tyres, but neither have looked as great in tyres since then, Alonso has speed, Kimi has speed, Kimi struggled in quali in bridgestones, but it maybe shows even the best drivers will now and again have a period where things don't gel with that car/fia rules that year, and again MS is a returning retired driver, so there's alot of positive possibilities in MS's patience in his return.