This is Why Schumacher is The Best F1 Driver
With Michael Schumacher's recent fantastic news that he is no longer bedridden, I figured it would be a great opportunity to share one of my absolute favourite videos about him. I stumbled across this video last year and immediately bookmarked it. It includes bits from interviews with various F1 drivers, including Schumacher himself and team mate Johnny Herbert. But my favourite part of the video is when they compare telemetry between Schumacher and Herbert.
The telemetry clearly explains where Schumacher is saving (lap) time and how exactly his talent and skills translate to better (and ultimately faster) driving. His talent is even more impressive when you consider the lack of active throttle mapping in modern F1 cars and the myriad of improvements made to driveability. Watch below to see for yourself.
What I love about this video is that I found Jonathan's Palmer analysis of Schumacher's telemetry to be absolutely true when applied to my driving on track.
SPOILER ALERT: It is often quicker to gently reduce throttle input earlier in corner entry to set up for the turn instead of going wide open throttle (WOT) as late as possible. This is even far more true for road cars than F1 cars because road cars have softer suspensions with much longer delay between your input and the car's response due to time for suspension to settle after weight transfer. It took me a little while to figure out on my own and wish I had seen the video earlier. In my own track car; a 2012 Mustang Boss 302, it was most apparent through the first corner on the track following the front straight. My section time was always quicker when I reduced throttle input earlier rather than going WOT until the very last moment possible.
What about you? Can you relate to what the telemetry data shows about Schumacher's driving? Let me know below!