Ok, so I'll chip in my thoughts now that we have a clearer view.
Today I read this:
"Responding to a barrage of criticism in the German press, Norbert Haug says Mercedes decided to oust Michael Schumacher after the seven time world champion’s “long period of reflection” while the manufacturer’s big boss admitted that expectations were perhaps too high".http://www.yallaf1.com/2012/10/03/merce ... aF1.com%29
This comes from a team that went publicly to apologise for letting down one of the drivers. How much has the situation changed these few last months? This year, the best year of his comeback, Schumacher is being let down constantly by the team/car (add a couple of brain farts there if we want to be objective). Yet, the team apologises and vows to work better. Roll on a couple of months and they kick him out of the team saying that they were aiming too high in the first place.
Well p*ss off Mercedes. Seriously. I give them one thing and one thing only; when a driver of Hamilton's calibre becomes not only available, but is actually knocking on your door, you'd be foolish to turn him down. Hell, I'd fire myself to hire him if I was a driver; Hamilton is as fast as they come, and with some proper management from Niki he'll maybe sort out his few issues as a driver to become a truly great and unstoppable force in F1.
But the way they managed Schumacher - and more importantly the way they are coming out now painting him as a failure - is horrible. I am sorry, but they knew the risks. There was no guarantee that Michael would perform as good as he did in 2006, no guarantee that they would have a good car and on the flip side, they rode that cash-making name all nice and well as it suited them. Plus the fact that he has now arguably the upper hand of Nico (racing-wise). Getting Hamilton on board is a no-brainer, but treating Schumacher this way is a bit upsetting.
I am annoyed with that brain fart in Singapore; without the penalty, I'd love it if he would produce a winning performance in Suzuka, a track he loves and performs good usually, just to gherkin them off...
Rant over and have a nice day!