I really wonder what kind of 'excuse' I am making and for who? People here (two so far) are mentioning me making 'excuses'. I have really no reason to make 'excuses' because I never claimed that Schumacher would be good after comeback, nor am I his fan. I am just making objective observations. Not sure what bugs couple of you people about this.
Both comebacks are/were somewhere in the line of my expectations, Kimi does good, but not as good as in his best days (though probably better than in 2008). Schumacher does much worse than at his best days, but that is also to be expected because he is simply old. We're not in 60s anymore.
For people still not convinced, a bit of mathematical excersise - what's the average age of F1 WDC (in a moment when title was won) in last 10 seasons?
What bugs me when I read this is that you're actually not
making simple objective observations. You are actually making subjective claims on objective data, rolling it all into one, and then claiming it to be all objective. This is poor argumentation and I've never liked it personally since it's fraudulent and misleading.
Anyway, it's really difficult to compare the two comebacks. Very different circumstances are involved. I also continue to be bewildered at how car competitiveness matters little for some in such a comparison. I do feel that Schumi's doing better now not only because he's had time to settle down and regain some of his lost driving fitness, reflexes and instinct etc., but he's also had time to influence car development in a direction that makes him more comfortable driving the car. We are way too critical of Schumi while sitting back and ignoring what's happening with Button for instance. Button's difficulties this year are supposed to give tremendous insight for those who are willing to see that a driver can have a difficult period without losing his mojo or whatever. It's about driver/team/car/setup/tires among other things. We have to watch the driver over seasons and not over 9 races.
Kimi's having a good time now in a car that works for him despite my feeling that he's not yet fully up to his peak. He remains quick but is still not quite as aggressive as he could be on track for him to eek out that extra result through wheel to wheel racing and overtaking. He lacked that somewhat before his timeout and it's quite accentuated now. His almost complete lack of incidents while racing wheel to wheel speaks volumes in how careful he is... a bit too careful if you ask me personally. Speed is not enough to get the results, especially when it means working one's way through the field and having to race wheel to wheel with tough opponents. Alonso and Hamilton have a LOT to show Kimi in that department.
Kudo's to them both, though on relative terms, I have to take my hat off to Schumi when looking at all the circumstances. It's too early to say anything definite about Kimi.
Edited by ali_M, 14 July 2012 - 16:01.