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I like the blog well done (first time reader)

However I would like to make clear a couple of things here.

1. Schumacher did try decelerate at the right time but the car did not slow down at all. Before he locked his wheels he had already attempted to slow down, as a matter of fact raikkonen who was behinde him started to decelerate right where schumi did but his car made the corner. Cold breaks were to blame here and if schumi lifted off any earlier then sinply raikkonen would of smashed into the back of him.

2. As far as his reflexes go with schumachers over streery driving style he has to correct his cornering sharply and correct the car in terms of the back end slipping out so his reflexes are fine.., maybe not as fast but quick enough. Plus he has a ton of experience so he knows what to expect and anticipation is more important than reflexes in an f1 car as quoted by button himself recently. Now what I mean is you cannot anticipate a senna moving in the breaking zone at the last second and neither can you expect your car failing to decelerate (although i am still going to say this was more of his fault).

3.) And finally lets take todays drivers into consideration .. Hamiltons incidents with massa .. Most noticibly the one at singapore last year was a poor misjudgement of car distance and button crashing into a hrt this year into a breaking zone earlier this year was a misjudgment too. Grosjean had inherited misjudgements and same goes for maldonardo. All of them make mistakes when you are a top driver in a mid field battle. Now they shouldn't retire now should they ?

Sorry but I made a bit of my own blog there :)

I believe that Schumacher has earned the right to stay in F1 for as long as he wants. If he's only happy in a race car, and a team is willing to pay him to be there, then why not?

In his heyday, he was the best test driver in F1, a key to Ferrari's success. Any team would be lucky to have him in this day of limited testing, even if the benefits are wrought by a younger teammate.

It might seem absurd for him to be bringing up the rear in a Marussia (or whatever name they'll have next year), but if he's happy, why not? The 107% rule is an easy way to prevent him from embarrassing himself in pre season testing.

"As is the case on the street, the onus is on the driver following to avoid a collision. Schumacher did not do that and deserves the penalty"

See, I disagree with that. On the street you must respect a gap to the car in front, but in racing the whole point is to get as close to the car in front, in order to try and pass. In fact I think the onus is actually on the car in front, to ensure they don't swerve about under braking (Senna), or brake unexpectedly (Vergne), which leaves the following car with no room or time to react. Maybe Schumacher was caught out with colder brakes/tyres in Singapore (isn't that something the 50 or so technicians in the pits are supposed to be monitoring?) - but this is not something that is to do with his age, it's to do with him being stuck behind slower cars, and pushing a bit too hard.

I agree that Schumacher shouldn't have retired, it was clear that he didn't really want to go. And he's paid a price for being out of it for a while, and having to struggle with the unbalanced Mercedes. But he's matching Rosberg now, and I think is still competitive as ever.

Let me repeat myself. On paper, his resume is impressive, but statistics do not tell the full story. An F1 World Champion should not be measured only by the number of poles or wins. Schumacher has neither the intelligence of Prost, The integrity of Fangio nor the talent of Clark.

I'll put Schumacher in a top 10, but it would be near the bottom. Most wins and most poles doesn't mean a whole lot when you consider the following:

1 - he never drove for a team with bad cars (I mean backmarker--I realize his first year with Ferrari the car was not a world beater, but it was still a Ferrari)

2 - Until Nico Rosberg, all of his teammates were CLEAR "second drivers" who handed him at least a dozen of his wins on a silver platter. When you don't have to race anyone else with an awesome car like yours, everything is easy.

3 - He had tires made FOR HIM, for god's sake.

4 - One could argue his period of domination also coincided with the smallest talent pool in a LONG time in F1. Just consider the pattern: When Mika was at his peak (98, 99), Scumacher couldn't beat him. And then Mika left, leaving only David Coulthard and Montoya the only drivers anywhere NEAR his level (and they still weren't)... And that gives Schumacher five straight years. And THEN Alonso shows up, the first driver that can match Schumacher's speed, and Schumacher gets beat.

Compare that to the eras when there were MULTIPLE world champions racing, like the current era, or back in the 80s when you had Mansell, Senna, Prost, Lauda, Piquet all on the same track... Or even the 60s and 70s when you had Clark, Stewart, Hill, Rindt, Surtees, Brabham, Andretti and Fittipaldi were all on the track at one point or another.

It's not hard to rack up 90-some wins and 7 championships when there's no one to race.

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