Senna vs. Schumacher
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It's easy for us armchair enthusiasts to debate this issue, armed with (from what I've seen and read) statistics and facts that are often incorrect. The people in the best position to decide who's better or worse are those that have worked with the two drivers. Even then, it's only their personal opinions, but at least they have a more solid foundation on which to form that opinion.
Schumi is nowadays the best driver in the world not only by himself but also because Ferrari has by far the best car. Its kind of annoying ONLY Schumi and Ferrari to win. Personally I support Ferrari and I like Schumi's driving because its fast. Someone said that Schumi passed Senna. The last time when this occurred was back in 1994 at Tamb Turn,
Imola. Senna was very fast, the fastest of all the aces of the time. In fact he had more talent in a period of time that MANY drivers were competitive and also more teams. Senna was a talent Schumi SAID IF YOU RECALL ˜SENNA WAS GOD˜ Whatever we say is less important because Senna Didn't die..Senna was killed. The only way that the fellow German will be as equal to him is to (I am sorry) die/be killed. Only the young and talented gain immortality.
After reading the interesting comments for the last hour, it's hard to not to agree that Schumacher has a lot of fans out there who think he is the best. Even I became hooked and rated him to be the best of all time. I mean the guy did win seven world titles (five in a row). However, ten years is a long time and only after reading "The Life of Senna" (strongly recommend to everyone) that I refreshed my memory of how truly great he was from day one. Senna's F1 career spaned only 10 years compared to Schumachers 14. So here is my opinion. Despite not finishing the first three races in 94, (but got all three poles), Senna would have still won the title. How? Wasn't Hill only 1 point behind Schuy at the end of the year! If Senna lived, Schuys 92 points would have been halved. The year after (95) is anybody's game as Schuy was dominant. However, Williams won both 96 and 97 titles, and if Senna was alive, would Hill and Villeneuve have won it? I don't think so! So let's see: 88,90,91,94,(Maybe 95),96,97. That makes it 6 or 7 world titles to Ayrton, none to Michael. Forgot to mention that Senna planned to retire near 2000. It's sad he had to die so young! - Robert - Serbia
Well I am a fan of the speed and whatever a motor is in a competition but this time we are talking about professional people and I rate Ayrton Senna more than Schumacher because he's still one of the greatest person I ever hear about, also for his so natural way to race, and being hungry to become the champion of every season, I am sure that if he still would be here alive, he would continue winning and making a lot of people more happy and interest in F1 Races, cause he is the best of the best in Formula one, like in every sport there is some one supernatural doing what they like. Example (Michael Jordan) even Magic Johnson could beat him. So no way to think that Schumacher is gonna do it to Senna - Alberto A - Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo. Mexico
I am a fan of M Schumacher but I think that Senna and Schumacher cannot be compared because they didn't live a real challenge when both were strong. in the beginning of the 90's Schumacher was young and wasn't as strong as he's now. In 1992 he was 3rd and Senna was 4th - Rudy - France
ON THE TRACK Please remember that Schumacher DID BEAT SENNA before his tragic death at Imola. Portugal, Spa etc.. and he was much younger and less experienced than Senna at the time.
Any level rated driver can win titles in a super quick car. Schumacher wins because he is given the best car. simple as! its the same with Villeneuve, Hill, and Piquet (plus a lot more). Senna won with the odds against him! he along side Fangio are the greatest ever! - Paul A - UK
Senna was much better than Schumacher, not just as a racer, but as a person too - Austin - England
Schumacher is the best human driver. Senna was a God! - Georgios - Greece
Maybe some of you are correct in saying Schu and Senna can not be compared, but Formula One is the peak of motor sport, 22 of the best drivers in the world (there has always been pay drivers). It doesn't matter which era you're in. You can view it as you may. Both stand out for their dedication. After china the only race drivers to test here in Spain were the Schumie brothers, the others stayed in Asia. Senna was the same.
My English is very, very bad. But I will tell you something. I think that Ayrton Senna was the best driver the world has ever seen. He was the fastest driver, i am absolutely sure in that. The question is: was he the best of all time? Some people would say that Senna was unfair in 1990, that he drove too risky, that in 1988 Prost had more points then Senna. But they are not right.
Ayrton Senna was very very very very very very very very
very very very very good, but Michael Schumacher is better than him.
Period. I quote from a note I've read just here.
Debates like this are totally sterile. Similar debates
have infected motor sport for years and never prove a thing.
Senna is a legend and had more competition than Schumacher. Senna had Mansell, Prost and Piquet. Schumacher has Montoya, Coultard (not a threat) and Barrichello. I would also say Button but he is no threat at BAR - Harry W - England
Senna is somewhat glorified cos of the way he died. People
talk abt the unfair moves MS has performed wht abt the one's Senna so
"gloriously" did. The simple fact of the matter was that Senna
was being beaten by MS when he died.
If only they could have been in the same era - Maximilian - Australia
Senna Is the BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - Liliana M - Peru
Four Words: Ayrton Senna da Silva - George H - Greece
I think that Schuey is the best of all time in F1 history,
better than Senna, Prost and Fangio. Maybe many people think that it
happened because he's running on Ferrari, but Senna won many poles and GPs
when McLaren was the one without rivals.
I don't think that we should go by the figures... they can be very misleading... what counts is the actual performance.... Schumacher is no doubt the greatest in the world today but I would say that its been a kind of a monopoly now for him.... he's not had very tough competition compared to Senna posed by none other than the legendary Prost but Senna has outdone Prost in every field and has done so with Schumi too be it by figures or performance... I would voice my opinion in favor of Ayrton Senna... his achievements are simply great and immortal. Please do send me a mail regarding ur opinions about mine... thanx - Partho - India
Schumacher is a gifted race driver but Ayrton Senna was
God, the biggest loss of all time and not only for F1.
I'm trying to figure out how can Brazilian people think
that Schumi is better than Senna. It is acceptable that others, specially Germans
think that way, but Brazilians?
It's a very difficult argument due to the nature of the
topic, times, and cars and its based opinions. To a Schumacher fan -
Shumi's best. To a Senna fan - Ayrton is the best.
Sorry for my English... I remember Berger saying that in
terms of talent, Michael was just as good as Senna. He said that after
driving Michael's car in 1996, and recognized that winning a championship
with such a car had been a hard job (the car was difficult to set up and
Michael admitted it before)
When Senna was racing there where other world champions to
compete with, and some times Senna won with an inferior car like in 92
Who cares for Schumacher's 7th championship title, SENNA
fought for his victories and won them. No one will ever replace Ayrton
Senna, I will always love you Ayrton and your picture will always hang on
PEOPLE REMEMBER SENNA BECO'S OF THE BATTLES WITH PROST AND
HIS DRAMATIC CRASH THAT LED TO HIS DEATH. SCHUMI IS A LEGEND BECOS HIS
TOTAL DOMINANCE IN THE SPORT. HIS TALENT TO RAISE HIMSELF AND DEMAND THE
BEST FROM HIS TEAM HAS MADE HIM THE BEST. EVERY BODY IS TALKING ABOUT HOW
STRONG THE F2004 IS, BUT LAST YEAR IN 2003 WHEN THE FERRARI WASN'T THE
BEST CAR ON THE TRACK SCHUMI MANAGED TO WIN THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP. LETS
NOT FORGET THE 1994 SEASON WHEN A YOUNG SCHUMI TOOK SENNA ON IN A CAR THAT
WAS NOT QUICK AS SENNA'S WAS.
Senna was the best driver ever to live. If he were alive today, Schumacher wouldn't have won 7 championships. Schumacher would have had 7 runner-ups. Half of Schumacher's success is his talent, while the other half is his team, Ferrari - Level8Drummer - USA
Senna was and remains, alongside Jim Clark, the best driver ever - Emina B - Bosnia & Herzegovina
I have read a few pages worth of comments from fans of
both drivers and F1 fans in general. I rate Senna over Schumacher because
everyone Loved Senna, He brought to each race the excitement of all the
fans watching every fortnight.
Looking at things objectively, Senna was the better driver
of the two.
By far, the best of all times - Ariel M - Argentina
Senna is the best of all times for sure! - Marl - Brazil
In general Senna would not crack under pressure. He did
make mistakes but when it really mattered he proved a true world champion
dwarfing his competitors, touching the limit and stay there as long as
necessary. He was more aggressive and would go further than Schumacher in
terms of taking risk. Senna was like magic, he could achieve incredible
results in the poorest circumstances and the car didn't have to be ideal
for him to win. Senna's passing manoeuvres, natural raw speed,
intelligence, the fact he always kept on developing himself and his team
and never stopped progressing and keep on the motivation with that
uncanning never ever seen, not even at Schumacher, will to win, his
unbelievable ability in the wet (Monaco 84, Estoril 85, Brazil 93 and
Donington 93), his aggressiveness, his mastery of difficult conditions
like changing weather and low grip circuits like Monaco and Hungary, his
obsession and achievements of claiming the most pole positions ever and
being a very good starter and having the ability to fully record any lap
and detach his mind off the track while driving, all of this and more (he
knew his cars so well, both technically and driving so committed) ends up
to make him one of the greatest drivers of all times.
Senna is the best of the best of the best (by Tina Turner) - Waldeci - Brazil
Ayrton Senna is very very very very very very very very very very very very good, but Michael Schumacher is better than him - Leonardo - Brazil
Senna is the supreme king. How can anybody compare him
with Schumacher, he only wins because he don't have opposing, his car is
the best (one level above all the others), Barrichello is an human shield
for him, Ferrari have the best mechanics, strategists and
Schumacher is the best - Rodrigo - Brazil
Senna was the best driver of all time, had more skill, was quicker and was much more braver than Schumi. The second best was the Scottish Jim Clark - Phoenix - UK
Schumacher is a fantastic driver but the Ferrari is even more fantastic, imagine where Senna would have been if he had driven such a car during most of his career! - Eric N - Sweden
I believe that Ayrton Senna da Silva was the best motor
racing driver there has ever been just ahead of Fangio and Jim
Schumacher has taken F1 to a new level - Andrew - USA
Hi Guys/gals have gone through a lot of the comments that
have been put up. 1st I would like to say something. STOP COMPARING the
two Cuz they r from two different eras. Although I am a big Schumi fan but
I still respect Senna a lot. But i feel the Halo surrounding Senna has
more to do with his death at Imola. Things apart, Formula 1 itself has
changed quite a lot since the days of Senna. Now it is no longer a drivers
domain but a lot of other factors have come into picture and as can be
seen from Senna's career he left Lotus just cuz he was not getting the
best piece of machinery. So why don't we say that Senna was good just cuz
he had better machinery than the rest. One other point as pointed out
Senna had a nice rivalry with Prost, so did Schumi through out his career
be it Mika, David or Kimi but he has outraced and outlived everyone of
them in F1, and he is still going strong. Yes i concede that we would
never know if Senna would have continued longer than Schumi but one thing
is for sure Schmi was his biggest competitor when Senna died, infact
Schumi was the one immediately behind Senna when he crashed, and was fast
catching up on him and according to a few experts that might be one of the
reasons of the Crash, that is Senna committed a mistake under
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