I don't think it would have been possible. Nico was faster that weekend and China is not Michael favorite track. It's a shame their car were only capable on a track Michael really didn't like in the past. Imagine a strong Mercedes at Suzuka or Spa - I would have no doubt. Michael would have shown some magic. What I do not like is this undertone of Clear saying Michael was not the fastest driver of the last 20 years only because he worked with Hakkinen. Hakkinen was perhaps faster on one lap (knowing his performance against Senna) but can't see him above Michael in race pace. He was not able to push his car around the track in qualifying trim - that's for sure. The McLaren was superior and Michael took the WDC to the last race in 1998.
I agree, Mika was indeed faster one one lap, which I believed that. But race pace, Michael was on anoher world in his prime compared to everyone else, even in 2012, the race craft was there.
Edited by George Costanza, 23 December 2012 - 01:05.