Well, Formula 1 has always been that way, the only thing is that, in the 90es and 2000s there was usually 1 car with a big advantage and more times than not, only 1 other car that was able to challenge it, hence, the guys in those cars always had a crack at it, whatever the variation to suit cars from track to track was, the variation was always overcome by their big performance advantage. Schumacher drove for one of those 2 teams his whole career with the odd exception. Still that odd exception was never less than 3rd best, now he's lucky if he drives the 5th best car.
Not even close. I've read more reports of drivers being baffled about their car's behaviour these last two seasons than I ever did in the nineties,it's just way too unpredictable. Back then you knew which teams were favourites going into any given weekend and they'd stay true to form-today you have cars that're quick on Friday only to fade away and not even make the cut for Q3 or the opposite. And with testing there was the possibility of a slower competitor catching up in a championship-it's pointless having a WDC/WCC today as form is entirely track dependent.
Spot on. I think this also ties in with why we haven't seen Schumacher go anywhere near an IndyCar, Touring or GT car since he retired from F1, despite clearly being willing to race. A couple of years ago Schumacher openly admitted he (and his brother) "didn't have the talent" for DTM.
It's a shame that, despite Schumacher's occasional humbleness and honesty regarding his abilities, his worshippers must look for (increasingly deluded) excuses.
He's never been very good with tin tops,I think most everyone knows this around here. What's a shame is that his detractors have had to look for increasingly deluded excuses to bash him as they're running out of ideas,probably sick and tired of bitching all these years.