Actually, by sheer weight and attitude of postings from about 4 people, the thread has become a stunning example of how powerful negative obsession is and the hold it can exhibit over, presumably in other areas of life, rational people.. People who, not long after declaring a total lack of biased opinion or even great interest, can quote from memory chapter and verse from a minor incident 10 years ago regarding their 'anti-hero'. Yeah we all totally bought your 'Im just not a fanboy but a serious uinbiased observer' routine there ;)
As it is, I would say you're on the wrong track, and that a great number of posts on this thread depict how being a 'fan' has changed, in F1 certainly, in recent years. I'm not a fan of Michael Schumacher any more than I am a 'hater', and nor am I a fan of any driver in particular, but in daring to question his performances this year, his reasons for continuing in the face of what i see as pointless adversity, and how the driver today can be compared with the driver of a few years ago most people automatically assume that i must be, in some way, shape or form, a 'hater' or someone who sets out to discredit Michael Schumacher. The same attitude is displayed blatantly on other threads; on one I'm slated as a 'Ferrari fan' for daring to suggest that what they were fined for in Germany wasn't really much more than a tribulation, while at the same time am highlighted as a Mclaren fan for, in the past, stating I thought the whole spygate sage a mountain out of a molehill. I could, and do, say the same about other teams, drivers, etc as I would about Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, and so on. Because you don't agree with my viewpoint doesn't mean that I, or anyone else, must have an 'agenda'; I don't accuse you of having one here, and nor would I. I have no 'biased opinion' on Michael Schumacher other than that he's one of the finest racing drivers I have had the pleasure of watching; however, the minute I step beyond that and say I don't believe him to be in the top three of all time I will be told I'm a 'hater', I'm stubborn, and so on, and so on, and eventually will likely be told it's because I'm English.
What this thread proves, more than anything, is that being a fan of f1, of motor racing, is a thing of the past in the eyes of many of the newer fans to the sport; instead, you have to have a firm, fixed agenda, and stick to that no matter what. I'm afraid that's bollocks; Michael Schumacher may have been brilliant on many occasions in the past, but he hasn't been this year, and that I would have said had it been Hakkinen, Villeneuve, Coulthard, Montoya, whoever it was making a less than stunnign comeback.