Michael Schumacher: The Technical Champion
By: Jeremy McMullen
By: Jeremy McMullen
| Despite the occasional intrigued photographer, an undisturbed red prancing horse rests patiently amidst the pandemonium of victory and the all-too familiar 'leap'. Lost in all the records Michael Schumacher has amassed is either a red horse or a flashy blue dresser. While the records point to Schumacher, the dominance they relate point to the chariots that carried the man to fame, fortune, as well as, the records. But this is the one thing all the records make clear—Michael was probably the best at getting the most out of a car and letting it do the work for him. Michael Schumacher is the greatest technical driver of all-time.
With Michael's retirement there will be, undoubtedly, many articles written concerning his accomplishments and records. The truth is that over the past 30 years there hasn't been anyone as successful or as dominant. In fact, no other driver in the history of Formula One has been as successful, period! In Michael's hands a great car would be untouchable, a good car would be a contender to win, and a poor car would be a good test bed to make the next car better.
More a product of his other racing experiences than one found from racing in Formula One, Michael used his racing history to write a whole new one for Formula One. Surely Michael Schumacher was the right person for Formula One's time. And, as a result of Formula One's changes in focus, Schumacher may have reset the bar of success so high it may not be reached by another. This is a testament to Michael's talents for sure but also to the technological regulations and cars that have perfectly suit Michael's ability and style.
Michael's real competition had never been the other cars and drivers on the track. This has been evidenced by the apparent panic induced controversial tactics he has employed when challenged by another driver. Michael's real competition is whether every muscle of the car is operating at its peak. It is that mechanical sense about him. Michael is not the racer that drags the car around behind him. He is the coach guiding the car to be its most efficient and fastest, without undue or erratic over-controlling. Therefore, the real competition for Schumacher, lap after lap, is the clock and the car. This is the reason why there is little difference between testing and racing for him. And this style of racing is more a product of his past than that formulated upon racing in F1.
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