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  • Erik Hartberg Erik Hartberg May 3, 2007 17:16 Flag

    Can Schumacher ever be replaced?

    Throughout F1's history there have been some great drivers but there has arguably been none as successful as super Michael Schumacher. So, will he ever be replaced as F1's number 1? Its probably hard to see but we have some great drivers about at the moment. Which is probably part of the problem. Alonso looks very strong but there are many drivers hot on his heels.

    Will Schumacher ever be replaced? Well, you can never replace him but will there ever be a driver as dominant as he was? Probably. But i have the feeling it won't be for a while... Who has come close to him and who has the potential to be the next F1 Super-Power?

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    • I swear,this post refuses to go away!!!

    • Oh my god. Your head is soooooo far up your arse.

    • Are you sure you're not German. You're english is pretty terrible. Or are you incredibly thick?

    • My view is that it took in excess of 50 years for Fangios dominance to be eclipsed by the Schumeister. I think it may e possible in the future, but I doubt we will see it in our lifetime again!! (I hope not - unless he comes back of course):-)

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      • HANG ON GUYS AND GIRLS!!!! Gosh, some of you are really suffering from Schumacher brainwashing. Let's clear a few things: I am no MS fan, I don't dislike him either. He is undoubtedly a great racing driver, very skillfull, tatically advanced on and off the track. However, Schumacher is a great driver in HIS era. You cannot compare him to Senna, Mansell, Fangio, Prost, Clark, Stewart, Moss because they are of a different racing era.

        Please remember that MS was a champ in the era of driving aids (i'm glad that FIA are revoking some aspects) Whereas the likes of Fangio and Stewart won races on pure ability.

        Stewart commented on Schumacher's ability, this is what he said: "I've never seen a world champion make so many mistakes".

        Now he knows what he is talking about.

        Alot of you have become embroiled in a Hamilton vs MS fight. That is NOT the question.

        The question is can Schumacher be replaced? The answer is no, he can't because he is champion of his era and well done to him.

        However, if he were to race Senna, Mansell, Stewart in their era? Do you see MS leading the way by 10+ seconds. I don't think so guys, MS is no way as good as Senna or Mansell.

        As for Lewis, whether you like him or not he will win a championship. Will he win more than MS - I hope so because I'm British, but we'll wait and see. I woudl really like to see Jenson get a decent drive.

        Don't forget folks, it all depends on what kind of a race you like to watch. Personally, I don't find MS 10+ seconds in front of the field very exciting. I'd rather watch 4 or more driver battle it out. Racing someone is diffeent from driving faster than someone. Is MS a racer - I don't think thats proven.

        All your points are valid, MS is a great driver but he is not the greatest, the best or a king. However, I'd love to see him race again in F1 now.

    • Easily - theres loads of spare mini-cab drivers looking for work!

      He should drive in A1 now - all the cars will be ferrari so ALL the other drivers will pull over for him now.

    • ferrari made schumacher the driver he was with a bottomless purse to play with

    • I don't think that Schu's incredible run of F1 success will be matched anytime in the near future - if ever.

      F1 has evolved, and will probably continue to do so in a way that will increasingly challenge the driver's ability to stay on top of the wave. Schumi came along during a special era. He was an "old school" racer who saw the introduction of such technologies as traction control, launch control, significant safety improvemts, and other radical "performance enhancers" which made achieving low track times easier for drivers. In a sense, the sport got easier & easier for him. Then in recent years, the FIA has targeted goals like slowing down the cars, reducing the electronic aids, and putting more emphasis on making the driver use more of his physical talent as a driver. I think we'll see as the 2008 season begins that many newer drivers will struggle (at least initially) with the "less sophisticated" machines that they will be driving.

      Furthermore, in this age of increasing financial reward for the drivers, I believe that there will be fewer "Schumis" that will play the game for so long before getting the Kimi mentallity - which I believe is something like "take a championship or so, get rich, then get out & enjoy the good life while still young.

      I guess we'll have to just wait & see if my prediction is correct. (-:

    • I don't think that Schu's incredible run of F1 success will be matched anytime in the near future - if ever.

      F1 has evolved, and will probably continue to do so in a way that will increasingly challenge the driver's ability to stay on top of the wave. Schumi came along during a special era. He was an "old school" racer who saw the introduction of such technologies as traction control, launch control, significant safety improvemts, and other radical "performance enhancers" which made achieving low track times easier for drivers. In a sense, the sport got easier & easier for him. Then in recent years, the FIA has targeted goals like slowing down the cars, reducing the electronic aids, and putting more emphasis on making the driver use more of his physical talent as a driver. I think we'll see as the 2008 season begins that many newer drivers will struggle (at least initially) with the "less sophisticated" machines that they will be driving.

      Furthermore, in this age of increasing financial reward for the drivers, I believe that there will be fewer "Schumis" that will play the game for so long before getting the Kimi mentallity - which I believe is something like "take a championship or so, get rich, then get out & enjoy the good life while still young.

      I guess we'll have to just wait & see if my prediction is correct. (-:

    • only a few drivers had schumacers' deterimination and techincal understanding, hamilton may come close to equaling what schumacer did, but it will take him many years. Alonso is to big headed and i doubt he will win another title, whereas raikonen wont put in enough time with his team to bond as a fully functiong unit.

    • Yes he can, and he will. There's bound to be somebody sooner or later who can be as good as he was, it's just a matter of time.
      Here's an interesting thought, do you think Schumacher would have won as many world titles if he had the competition that is around today? I guess we'll never really know.

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      • Let the drivers who are active in the sport win their world championship titles and add them up. Right now there are two drivers who know what it is to be the world champion, and both of them could very well add some more titles to their tally.

        Other drivers have the promise, one of them has all the hype behind him and does an excellent job of talking off the track, but the only way anyone can attempt to get close to Schumacher's achievements is by taking it race by race and championship by championship. It makes no sense saying "I'll be greater than Schumacher" when the first time around you flush your title chances down the toilet by getting stuck in the gravel or losing control when your teammate and bitter rival swoops you at the Senna S at Interlagos. Schumacher would definitely have taken the title in the same circumstances, but we must admit that Schumacher was made of the stuff that a certain rookie seemed to be lacking last year. Now if Lewis grows up and stops talking so much, maybe then he'll start to deliver.

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