How would Alonso do if he was retired for 3 years? He would be just like Schu. Next year Schu will be better off, because everyone starts with the same tyres and we shall see how good he really is.
Let's see, Every driver started this season with a different car from last year and with different tyres.
In the case of Mercedes, both drivers were also new to the team.
I would have thought that this would have given Nico and Michael a reasonably level playing field
Yet Michael has been comprehensively beaten by his less experienced teammate over 2/3 of the season. Surely he has had enough races to be up to speed with Nico ?
This indicates to me that the legend that is undoubtably Michael Schumacher may owe a lot more to Ferrari and the team management than any of us thought at the time.
On a wider point, the incredibly small gaps we have been seeing between 1st and 10th place on the grid, despite Red Bull's fantastic car, indicates that in sheer pace you could probably measure the difference between the top 10 drivers in very few tenths, even if they were all driving identical cars.
It takes difficult conditions to bring out the highest skills behind the wheel and the very fastest driver is not always going to be the quickest in the rain.
But it's looking increasingly clear that the difference in skill levels between the current top 10 drivers is nothing like as broad as we've all previously thought.
Maybe Michael Schumacher is just one of the top ten most skilled drivers of the 20th Century, and certainly not Numero Uno.
Maybe he isn't even one of the top five.