Well,last race before the break,8 more races and we're done with 2010.
Today was pretty disappointing,as most of this season has been,for MS and fans like myself: joy on the other side of the fence,I'd imagine. That said,some of the comments on here are pretty sad-don't care for the trolls but also from some of the others whose opinions I respected...
When they changed the rules in 2009 I was hoping for a better spectacle as on paper they were meant to emphasize the role of the driver more,but judging by the way these two seasons have played out I think they've only made it worse,overall.
As we have seen, the spectacle has become better in 2010 - the number of overtakes has increased by a third with the new regs (David Croft and Karun Chandok were discussing these stats in the FP1 of Hockenheim).
The rules indeed bring out the driver more, as we see not only in the example of Rosberg-Schumacher but also in other cases.
Make no mistake, Schumacher was never that good to begin with, but he profited from a very special set of rules between 1994 and 2006, fitting his driving style. Plus some very special conditions that he enjoyed historically, already amply discussed on this thread.
No refuelling is what nailed Michael´s coffin - he cannot produce his trademark go kart-style sprint races anymore but - with more fuel and the car thus heavier, the whole coordinates have changed to his detriment. Tyre problems are just a consequence of this.
Remember how well Michael drove in Felipe Massa´s go-kart challenge in late 2009 as well as in other go-kart races. Schumacher is still a decent go-kart driver.
Plus: Michael doesn´t seem to be able to get a good set-up together which hurts him in quali, at least not as decent as Rosberg. It seems that the ban on testing hurts Michael more than all the other drivers, and we see it in his set-up difficulties. Needless to say, Michael was the driver who complained in public that there is no more testing, which is a little cynical, given the overall economic situation and also the specific situation for most F1 teams. Of course, Michael is, as always in the history of his career, only interested in getting the elements for his success in place - in itself a mark of a champion, but given the overall economic situation still very cynical.