MS needs to stop knowing about whether the car is a WDC or WCC contender and try and catch up with his far less experienced teammate. He won the WDC 6 years ago and was out for half that time. The game has changed - he is too slow now and not as sharp as he used to be and as happens as you get older, he can't keep it up (the speed that is) for an entire race.
If any other driver was moaning about the car and the front tyres, which everybody experienced for the first time this year, they would be drawn over the coals. He should do the right thing and bow out at the end of the year.
He isn't moaning about the front tyres and car to the extent you make it out. But something had to be said on his side regarding why he isn't where he's expected to be.
When Kimi joined Ferrari, he wasn't the same qualifyer as before, and who knows how much Alonso lacked against Hamilton in 2007 when Alonso done a Bridgestone tyre season, he then spent 2 years back at Renault, even in those years where he won no title, he still got used to life without michelin. Schumacher on the otherhand has to beat his teamate, and it doesn't matter if he's been out of the sport for 3 years. a combination of factors, Alonso and those michelin guys who transfered to bridgestone after 2006 had testing to catch up as well, this is not the case fpr Schumi, more difficult, added to the fact the mercedes car seems to have a limited operating window, it's not a car born well, the team doesn't even understand it's characteristics at times this year, this don't help or aid a comeback.
I don't expect MS to improve this year to be where he was, but he's patient about playing the waiting game because he knows he's able to extract more, he found those solutions for this car at Spain/Turkey/Monaco, but that hasn't continued consistently, but the fact he drived well there, is surely a sign of what can come, those were important races, but his reputation is such, every race must be to a high standard, that won't happen this year, because he's coming back into f1, new team, new things, etc etc After next year and the year after, we'll see how your post measures up, save it. Good things come to those who wait. When he has a car he's happy with and starts to falter, we'll see it and know it, this is not the year. Alot of people are not as patient as him, and this is the most unusual year of f1 for him, but he's prepared to isit it out and endure the pain of a catch up of a sport where his name is cemented in history. A 8th title will happen, watch the forum, a man with the retirement he has, a reputation he has, wont' leave the sport without being on top, even Button said it.
Button was written off years ago, got a title. Webber was written off years ago, but is doing well this year. Alot of drivers have changed their perceptions with the public with the aid of a car they've enjoyed for a specific year, because Schumacher has accomplished more, there's a easy party to fall into here, and that is to write him off, like Button and Webber, and those guys haven't even scatched the surface of what MS has done. So it's silly jump to conclusions after 1 year, everyone is going to have a time frame on MS's improvement, 1 race, half a season, or some wise folk said it'll take least a year, and I think it will, a combination of factors have made this year the most difficult MS has faced, the same fools who writ him off after 2005 when the ferrari car wasn't there, were eating their socks when he was challenging for the title again in 2006, so how many times can the same fans get it wrong on MS? Just wait and watch beyond this year,.
Edited by SeanValen, 03 August 2010 - 23:04.