I've always rated Schumacher among the all-time greats, along with e.g. Fangio, Clark, Senna, Alonso, Hamilton, (maybe now Verstappen) etc. (feel free to make your own list).
But I think there's always been this view among some people that he's not of that league, and perhaps even that his career was in some way a fraud. Obviously there's the accusations of foul play - e.g. the crashes with Hill and Villeneuve and the Monaco incident etc. - but even aside from that there is the impression that some people still think he simply wasn't ever that good.
Whether it's the alleged illegal cars or team-mates set up to fail there have always been suspicions about Michael Schumacher that I don't think have ever surrounded any other top-rated driver. But could there realistically have been some sort of conspiracy (perhaps masterminded by Ross Brown and friends) to make good driver look like an all-time great? Or even if not that sort of disparity, even making a WDC-level driver look like an uber great multi-WDC-winning driver.
It's not often explicity put like this, but I feel there's always been a subtext.
I'm not sure how this thread might go, but discuss (assuming it doesn't go down in a ball of fire and get locked within minutes).