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Is Schumacher the Greatest Driver Ever? (archive)

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Posted by JG on April 11, 2000 at 17:06:40:

In Reply to: Re: Number three for Michael posted by Chris W on April 11, 2000 at 02:29:53:

I think a good argument can be made that he is.

Senna is also on the top of the list, but as I recall, he won mostly with superior equipment, which he mostly stepped into. Senna's death was truly a great tragedy, because the Senna/Schumacher duel would have become one of the greatest in sports history.

Schumacher started at a team that was not a big time competitor (Benneton), and won 2 world championships. He went to Ferrari, which has not been competitive for 2 decades, and made them competitive almost immediately. If not for Schumacher, Ferrari is still a mid-pack team. With Schumacher, Ferrari will win the championship this year, and probably dominate for many years to come. Even with clearly inferior equipment, Schumacher gave Hakkinen a real run for the money last year. Schumacher at McLaren would have had the championship sewn up by mid-season.

Prost was similar to Senna, he won a lot, but generally with superior equipment.

Others are way behind. Mansell won a world championship, but only in a car so technically superior even Mansell admitted "a monkey could have won." Its hard to analyze the Fangios, Moss, etc. types because they drove in such a different era.

: I wouldn't miss it for the world. I've been waiting 21 long years since Jody Scheckter last won the championship in 1979 for Ferrari to again win the driver's championship. I think this year Michael is finally going to do it, and I'm loving every minute of it.

: Chris

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