A contrast to yesterday’s Senna video from Suzuka, here is Michael Schumacher qualifying at the Japanese GP last year. After watching Senna in the McLaren it is hard to think that Schumacher is under similar duress here. His hand only leaves the wheel a couple of times (to operate the F-duct, I assueme) versus Senna having to shift every couple of seconds. Schumacher’s car is far more stable in just about every situation.
One last thing… Senna’s qualifying time was 1:38.041, Schumacher’s is six seconds faster at 1:31.846 though it was only good for tenth on grid.
Awesome comparison. But let’s not forget that Suzuka today is about 58m shorter, and although that’s not enough to justify the 8 second gap, since 1989 the 130R became a double-apex, and the entire track was widened from the 2nd to the 7th curve, which means more speed during the straights.
We can’t effectively compare both cars (and drivers, while we’re at it) since for all that matters it’s a different track.
What is nice to remember though, is that Senna was driving like his pants were on fire and still managed to operate a manual gearbox, with a manual clutch. That’s one more pedal to work with compared to Schumacher’s driving.