regarding quality of the current bunch:
The racist Scott, Jackie Stewart:
Stewart said some of the difficulty for Schumacher is the depth of quality drivers in the field this season. "Outside the main teams you've got drivers as good and as experienced as Rubens Barrichello and Robert Kubica. It's the best group of top drivers that I can remember."
Another racist, Martin Brundle:
He says he has recharged his batteries; I hope he pops a couple more long-life ones in his pocket because he’ll need them. I wouldn’t bet against him winning races or even a championship but he’s going to have to pedal very hard. Alonso won the final two championships Schumacher contested and he’s even stronger now.
Hamilton has established himself as a superstar, while Massa is an altogether better package than when he was Schumacher’s understudy. Button has come of age, while Sebastian Vettel is hailed as the “new Schumacher”. These rivals present a huge challenge for a 41-year-old, even a seven-time world champion.
Schumacher says competition within the sport has always been strong but he has never faced this depth of quality. Will he be able to compete at this level?
Also...a quote from M Schumacher after completing 100 laps during pre season testing:
Q: You could always measure the quality of your cars. What are you feeling about the MGP W01?
MS: I am fully convinced that we have a car that is able to fight for the championship.
I think the walls of reality are crashing down in Schumiland