In Reply to: Is Schumacher the Greatest Driver Ever? posted by JG on April 11, 2000 at 17:06:40:
If it is true that Senna had the best equipment, you could say "well Schumi wins because the whole team is built around him". Schumi often wins due to his cars good reliability. Not having the fastest car does not necessarily mean he doesn`t have the best car. The last two years I would say the Ferrari has been the best car.
: 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