Ferrari made serious mistakes during the year that they could never recover from. During the days of Herr Schumacher I wonder if those mistakes would have happened.
Those mistakes did happen. You must have missed the race when Herr Schumacher himself ran over his chief mechanic's ankle thanks to a screw-up by the lollipop guy. (Spanish GP 7-May-2000: Write-up
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) Although he maintained the lead after that round of pit stops, the mechanic was taken to hospital and one of the other mechanics had to handle the fuel nozzle at the next stop. Of course, he cracked under the pressure, costing 10 seconds and Schumie wound up finishing 5th. (The chief mechanic had always taken it upon himself to operate the fuel nozzle.) That was probably the incident that ultimately led to the development of the pit stop 'traffic light' release system, which cost Ferrari the Driver's Championship this year and wound up in the dumpster at Singapore.
Even with the cutting edge of technology at your disposal, you still can't beat a man holding a sign on the end of a stick.
Schumie went on to wrest the Driver's crown from McLaren's Hakkinen, and it has taken us 8 years to get back the number "1" on the car. Well done, Lewis.
This video review of the Brazilian GP is worth watching:
Formula One video
Love those pit garage reaction shots!
You can't deny that he deserved the championship this year, after the stewards at Spa robbed him of the trophy and gave it to Felipe. They spoiled the season for me, after what happened in Valencia (Felipe's unsafe pit release - monetary fine but no time penalty) and Fuji (Felipe cuts an apex and causes Lewis to spin, wrecking Lewis' race - lousy drive-through penalty; later Felipe cuts off Christian Albers emerging from the pits, causing his own spin - Albers cops 25-second penalty). I had to delay my celebrations after Brazil in case the stewards came up with reason to penalize Lewis a few hours later.
What is your problem with Lewis winning the WDC?
Critics of Lewis suffer from 'tall poppy syndrome': those who stand out because of their prodigious talent (and he had some 'lucky' breaks) should be cut down to bring them back to the level of the rest of us. Other drivers hate Lewis because his got straight into the best car in his rookie year. He was given a shot in the best car because he is an undeniably gifted driver. Now he has delivered on his promise.