At the beginning of the season Rosberg had massive problems with putting together a competitive lap in Q3. He was locking up his wheels on crucial laps and he ended the qualifying below car's capabilities, making Schumacher looks good.
Then Schumacher had a massive amount of reliability problems. But many people only remember "Oh, how many points did he lost due to reliability issues!". They don't even pay attention he rarely had a real chance of beating Rosberg in those races.
In the middle of the season Rosberg had another worse period of time. He had some problems of putting everything together during wet qualifying sessions. He was caught by reliability problems in early FP3 after wet friday, which hampered him badly for the rest of the weekend.
But at the end of the season Rosberg has put it together and was faster than Schumacher more often than not. I would say he is deservedly in front od Michael in WDC although the gap is actually too big.
This post doesn't add to a healthy discussion in here, tbh. Specially the bold parts.
Double standards, quite some excuses to suit an agenda and cherry picking.
Schumacher had many mistakes in his qualifying laps, too, when you mentioned Nico's ones early ones in Australia and Sepang.
In Monaco where Nico had no error, at least visually, and Schumi had 2 on his pole lap. Plus, Rosbeg had 2 runs in Q3 to extract the best he had and, again, there was no error to use as excuse. Schumacher with only one true attempt, and a couple of mistakes, was faster.
The same in Suzuka where Rosberg had plenty of running in Q1 and Q2 while Schumacher had only single ones in each session. In Q1, MSC had big traffic and was using prime tires on his single lap, still made through. In Q2, he only had a single run on option tires while Rosberg had 2(and if I remember correctly another one already in Q1 to get used to the tire's grip during the qualifying stage, totally 3 option tire's run). In his Q2 lap, Schumacher was already 2 tenths faster in S1, lost 2 tenths in Spoon(not to Rosberg but to what he could have done in the corner) due to traffic with Lewis, and was again faster in S3. With another run in options, it could be perfectly possible(and the most probable thing based on how things works) that Schumacher could be over half second faster than Rosberg, in the end.
Rosberg was also massivelly slower in Spa and Austin's qualifyings. You could have some reasons to explain part of the gap in both ocasions but not to explain the whole magnitude of the gap, i e, the excuses alone don't explain the massive gap. It was combined with poor pace from Rosberg, at least compared to what Schumacher did.
About the wet qualifyings, your excuses are all lies and pathetically fanboystic, sorry.
Rosberg was VERY slow in both Qs, simply. He had plenty of running, but was never fast. His poor pace CANNOT be explained by traffic, error, "not putting a lap together" or whatever excuse you want to make up. None of those things occured, or not in all of his laps.
Remember that Rosberg was already extremelly lucky in Silvestone's Q1 because Button would knock him out but a yellow on final corner made him lift and he was the one K.O'ed in Q1.
It's perfectly clear that Rosberg was much better if you account all 3 years. MSC was very bad in 2010(imo, with only some few exceptions) and even in 2011 he had poor Q most of the time and some horrible races too(as Abu Dhabi weekend as a whole). But it was so obvious to any unbiased viewer that Rosberg was just very slow in wet Hockenhein's and Silverstone's Qs that your bias is way too evident in the attempt to distort things and create situations/excuses that didn't happen.
But I kind of agree with you, though, that there is no conclusive evidence that MSC was usually faster, in races, than Rosberg when both had troube free sessions(and this situation was extremelly rare, let's be honest). I remember that Nico was faster in Monza's race, despite being outqualified. Rosberg was also clearly faster in Singapore's race, at least to me, while in Q MSC had a tiny upperhand as well.
Edited by BetaVersion, 02 December 2012 - 16:32.