Surely Michael's fifteen years in a variety of different cars at least gives you some idea of his ability? I would say that Rosberg has looked pretty good this year - as quick as he can be in the car, generally error free and going about his job without any fuss.
Michae's ability this year though is a puzzle, were not talking about Michae's first career, Massa had a accident last year and was out for races, whether or not that contributed to his offkey races this year who knows, or was it the rules/car/combination/or everything, Michael's been out 3 years, so who knows where's at, where he's going, what's going on, behind the scenes, he and Brawn seem upbeat about 2011, have been talking about it for a while now, clearly this Jenson Button designed car is not in harmony with MS this year, without testing, making a comeback, it's all guesswork, none of us posters know anything more which is why I'm not jumping to conclusions and judging Nico and Michael this year, I can wait, while others can let this season brainwash them.
The posters who post in this thread are not always going to agree, I think I'm right, they think their right, it's a Schumacher thread, 1000 plus posts, the legend is back, the forum is alive, everyone has something to talk about, and it'll go on and on and on.
The cars/tyres basically change every year but the best drivers adapt and dont miss a beat, i don't buy this MS is not being able to drive at his normal standard. MS is no longer the standard in F1, Lewis and Alonso are, and i think he also would struggle against the likes of Vettel and Kubica.
Maybe your forgetting he's been away for 3 years, Massa challenged for the title in 2008 and missed it by inch, he had a accident last year, missed races, and has been strangely off the pace this year, and he hasn't been away 3 years, as a retired driver returning back into modern f1, Michael stands alone and can't be compared with other drivers just yet, until we see a Michael who is happy with the car and is extracting his oversteer style for all to see in the laptimes, and then if he's still not performing, he'll walk away because he is his own best critic. This is a man who devoted 125% of his life to winning, making sacifices, testing overtime, he pushed the boundaries, now the sport has changed, the testing aspect has gone, the team have alot to do with MS's performance, and in his first year back of a 3 year contract, it's silly to make judgement especially with a car that wasn't born well, and we all know how important a car is for tyre performance. It's a combination of factors.
Alonso wasn't the standard in 2009 and 2008, alot had to do with the car and his own attitude and he's not even retired and coming back like MS, like I said earlier, returning to f1 is a different ballgame, the real truth is, everyone is scared that MS is going to win again, it's about putting down someone enchanching their achievements by one more step, surely a 8th title, after set backs, and critics putting you down, and with a 3rd team, Mercedes, which got him into f1, would be one of his finest titles against a 3rd generation of rivals, his 3rd decade of racing, it's this prospect, that MS is on the verge and or has the chance to achieve that many can't fanhom, that because this first year hasn't gone too plan, that perhaps wishing him away maybe it'll stop him from achieving anything, seeing is believing, until he does, no one will understand what he went through this year, Michael has to win again, even Jenson Button said that, given what he's achieved and how proud he is of his abilities/name in the sport, how badly he will fight for any point, it's almost silly and reckless to write him off. He had nothing to prove when he retired, but by coming back, he's perhaps found more reasons to fight harder when the opportunities come then he could of pre-envisoned, given his success, no one needs a podium more then that man, or win, or title, he is the hungariest driver out there, you gotta at least respect that and admire the ambition, where there is a will, there is a way.
Alot of people will be eating their words and going silent when he does perform. It's like after 3 years, alot of people miss hating him as much as miss seeing him drive=1000 plus posts easy!
MS, whenever he comes out of the pits, you expect something near great, I completely understand the battering he's taken this year, and it's bascially down to a misunderstanding of his issues against his own legend/hype/expectations, he's a winner, it's not a regular occurance to see him struggeling in a car, only time will tell whether he gets anything near the expectations we have for him, the best time to bash MS is after 2011, because even he has talked up 2011 so much, that if he hasn't improved by then, then your post can carry a bit more weight. It doesn't matter how many races he's done this year, he's been imprisoned in a car that has taken him by surprise, a bad dose of badlluck returning to f1 in this season, with this year and no testing perhaps, surely he expected better and we did as well, we'l see, since he's been so successful in the past, we haven't seen these issues before, it's a different era, wait and watch.
Edited by SeanValen, 18 August 2010 - 23:26.