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Old 17 Mar 2017, 15:35 (Ref:3719401)   #31
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Schumacher was more than a match for all his team-mates, but Irvine and Barrichello were very, very good - both would have been deserving champions if the cards had fallen differently. But neither had the ability to beat Schuey over the balance of a season.
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Old 18 Mar 2017, 03:35 (Ref:3719525)   #32
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Did you know Hamilton was testing the clutch for the team that Nico preferred last year? Supposedly it gave more "consistent starts" according to Mercedes. That's why his starts were so good vs Lewis's average. It also doesn't hurt Nico to have his teammate suffer the only Mercedes engine failures (4 I think it was) on the grid. And that's on top of getting Lewis's mechanics that were with him since 2013 I'm guessing those guys won't be on Bottas's side and will switch back to Hamilton
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Old 18 Mar 2017, 08:06 (Ref:3719545)   #33
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lol, Rosberg. Have we already forgotten what he did since he retired?
Not at all. No one has forgotten that the only reason Nico Rosberg won the title is because his team mates engine failures. Let's face it, if it wasn't for the engine failures, Rosberg would never have been WDC. Simples.

NR's being trying (unsuccessfully) to beat LH since their karting days. And when he finally did, he put his tail between his legs and ran away because he knew he had lucked into the title, and couldn't beat LH in a fair fight. Didn't have the to defend, or to give LH, or anyone else the chance to win the title off him. A true act of a scared little number 2 driver.
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Old 18 Mar 2017, 08:07 (Ref:3719546)   #34
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Schumacher was more than a match for all his team-mates, but Irvine and Barrichello were very, very good - both would have been deserving champions if the cards had fallen differently. But neither had the ability to beat Schuey over the balance of a season.
Always my overriding thought with schumis team mates is 'were they given the chance'....Schumacher was always given the newest parts, never told to move over etc. Don't get me wrong you earn the right to have that but it would have been interesting to see what results would have been it if was all 'fair'
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I'm guessing those guys won't be on Bottas's side and will switch back to Hamilton
Hamilton has requested his team of mechanics from 2016 remain with him for 2017. If this happens or not will be up to the team.
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Schumacher was more than a match for all his team-mates.
He sure was. Having the cars engineered 100% around him, specially built tyres that suited his driving style and tyres no other competitor got, special engine modes that his team mates did not have, and the entire team behind him would make sure he was more than a match for his team mates.
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Old 18 Mar 2017, 11:19 (Ref:3719578)   #37
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Yes, Schumacher would never have allowed himself to have the unreliability that Hamilton had last season
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Old 18 Mar 2017, 15:27 (Ref:3719641)   #38
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He sure was. Having the cars engineered 100% around him, specially built tyres that suited his driving style and tyres no other competitor got, special engine modes that his team mates did not have, and the entire team behind him would make sure he was more than a match for his team mates.
He'd have beaten them under any circumstances.
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He'd have beaten them under any circumstances.
agreed.

no disrespect to Barri or Irvine, but TGF brought a level of dedication, preparation, and fitness to his craft that his Ferrari team mates could not match...whatever advantages that he may have received was the result of hard work and that cant be discounted imo.
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Old 18 Mar 2017, 16:25 (Ref:3719688)   #40
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I'd say Barrichello could of, I think his best season was 2003, where he was unlucky not to get more than two wins that season
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Old 18 Mar 2017, 16:47 (Ref:3719703)   #41
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Barrichello was a silky smooth driver and very quick but he never had Schuey's consistency. Very few did. The bald truth is that Schumacher was one of the top five drivers ever, I think, and would have handsomely beaten any team mate.
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You mean like he beat Rosberg?
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Wasn't it pointed out that Lewis had better luck a couple of years back, when Rosberg suffered poor reliability?

Rosberg won the title and had equal status at Mercedes. You can't compare that to Irvine or Barrichello.
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Did you know Hamilton was testing the clutch for the team that Nico preferred last year? Supposedly it gave more "consistent starts" according to Mercedes. That's why his starts were so good vs Lewis's average. It also doesn't hurt Nico to have his teammate suffer the only Mercedes engine failures (4 I think it was) on the grid. And that's on top of getting Lewis's mechanics that were with him since 2013 I'm guessing those guys won't be on Bottas's side and will switch back to Hamilton
So you're implying the good clutch was not available to Hamilton just to be mean? Maybe Rosberg just made the better choice in that regard. Remember, Mercedes may run on German money but it's still a mostly british team. I wouldn't expect much internal favouritism for Rosberg who is really a Monegasque anyway.
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