Can a driver with the most illustrious career in the history of our sport really have been THAT good if he can't get the speed out of his car achieved by his far less experienced teammate just because the tyres don't suit him ?
Like most racing fans I was excited by the thought of Schumacher mixing it with Hamilton, Button and Co and when he was paired with Rosberg ( a driver I have always rated highly ) I thought that he would quickly gain the advantage.
However it really pains me to see him return to the track and struggle, particularly as he has faired so badly against Rosberg in the same car.
So is it time to re-appraise the Schumacher legend ?
Undoubtedly Schumacher is a highly skilled driver but maybe he's not actually quite as good as an Alonso, Hamilton or a Vettel ?
We have an example of Hamilton who can get lap times out of the McLaren that Jenson can only dream about when the car is not set up just how he likes it. That probably makes Lewis the better driver overall for most fans, particularly on a dry track.
So, could the Schumacher legend be more down to the unique combination of the ruthless and highly skilled Team Management of Jean Todt and Ross Braun ?
I've never been a particular fan of Schumacher or Senna for that matter : They may have been fast but in my view there have been plenty of worthy World Champions who have behaved in an honourable way on track.
But I don't raise this question to do him down, I simply don't know the answer.
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.
Edited by George Costanza, 02 August 2010 - 15:08.