Now Schumi's retirement makes even more sense. When you're not a spring chicken, it's very difficult to commit yourself to a team a few years more till achieving success. In an article in today's Times of India, Schumi wrote he hopes the foundation he & Ross laid for Mercedes will come good in time.
Well, that pretty much settles it for me. No more wishing ill for Mercedes.
I wish I could remember where and when I saw it, but Lewis was interviewed earlier this year (and it may have even been the back end of last year) where he mentioned the fact that winning races and championships was not the be all and end all. I remember thinking that it gave a hint of a mindset that showed he was ready to play the long game in his career and not get beaten up through disappointment. Singapore was a brilliant demonstration of that. He was dissapointed but fully accepted that car failure is a part of the sport.
It is only because it took so long for his decision to move to Mercedes that people want to get bogged dwon in the deterioration of relations between him and McLaren. That sells newspapers but I feel it only tells half the story. There is nothing wrong with jumping ship for a new challenge, however crazy it may seem to some. The difference between Hamilton's move and Schumacher's to Ferrari is that we perceive it to be riddled with regrets, arguments and fall outs. But it actually just amounts to the same thing; they want a new challenge with the benefit of some credibilityalready behind them. Hamilton may or may not be difficult to manage, but it matters not one jot. His speed and determination are the imporrtant things here. Everything else is bi-weekly forum fodder.
Drivers move to other teams. It's not a big deal.