Well, just look at RedBull and see how much sense these Formula one teams make with regards to logic.
I don't mean to bust your chops, you seem like a fairly open minded Schumacher fan, I just don't think he was as great as ALL his stats suggest, however I do think he was great indeed and most definitely the best of his era.
For once I would like somebody to bring up his stats up until the 2000 season. Until then he had a more "normal" career and not such an extended one, as, most drivers at that comparable point in their careers are thinking retirement and don't last much longer than those 10 or 11 seasons. I think those stats will suggest he was still great, and comparable to Senna, but certain numbers wouldn't be as inflated as they ultimately were.
Firstly, I am not a Schumacher fan. I know its hard to believe, but its true. I am a Hakkinen fan for life, and somehow this return of Schumacher 'the old guy' has me very interested this season.
Even before his 3rd WDC I thought he was a great driver. After the 99 season, I used to think MS was only slightly better than Hakkinen . However he won 5 more championships after that, which is a truly great achievement no matter which way you look at it. He did have a good car all these years, but then which WDC didnt ?
You cant just discount his stats like that as if he got them all on a platter. He did have offers to race for both Williams and Mclaren after 95, he could have easily had 3 more shots at the WDC between 95-00.
As far as Irvine. He had accepted to be Mike's slave, he liked his partying, and women. He'd much rather take the big money at Ferrari and have a decent ride and party all night than go work hard in a midfield team, which would have been his other options. All he had to do was roll around in that red car and he was a hero, nothing was expected of him but not to mess up Schmacher's races. Heck, you'd stay at Ferrari too if you knew couldn't beat Schumacher anyway.
Schumacher was hired on the spot by Briatore when Briatore saw the potential in him in Spa 91. We all know Briatore and what #1 driver means for him, remember Singapur? Schumacher was alot better than the aging Brundle, of course, but the fact he was a rookie doesn't mean much in that regard.
So you do agree that he was better than Brundle, yet you seem to think there isnt enough basis to dedicate more resources around him. Obviously Briatore must have seen his best chance of success lay with Schumacher, thats why he put his attention there. Same is the case with Ferrari as well. You do agree with this dont you ?
Edited by SparkPlug, 17 July 2010 - 17:51.