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Biggest Disappointments In 2010

Biggest Disappointments In 2010 - Sebastian Vettel may have triumphed in a titanic battle for the world title itself, but championship table aside who truly stood out and who failed to shine on the track in 2010?
In Formula One, it is fair to say that the car counts for more than the driver so in assessing the best drivers of the season it is important to consider how each performed with the equipment they were given.

Tomorrow we will take a look at the top four drivers of 2010 but first we look at the biggest disappointments.

1. Michael Schumacher

The uncontested biggest disappointment of the year was Schumacher’s much heralded return to the cockpit with Mercedes. Despite having three years away from competitive F1 racing, the German was expected to take up where he left off – but it all went wrong and his comeback season ended without him setting foot on the podium for the first time since his debut year in 1991. Indeed, not since that same year had Schumacher had a season without a victory.

To be fair, the regulation changes since Schumacher’s retirement in 2006 have created a crop of F1 cars that are notoriously difficult to drive, and he seriously suffered from a lack of experience with them as well as the fact they do not suit his driving style. On top of that, his chassis was damaged in the early races.

But it was not the overall performance that shamed Schumacher, it was his relative performance against Nico Rosberg, who was the first team-mate to ever truly out-perform him. Rosberg positively proved he is a talented driver and, in doing so, dramatically damaged Schumacher’s reputation. Schumacher needed to get the team working around him like he had done at Ferrari to get the best out of his talents, but once Rosberg had a foothold Schumacher had no chance.

Biggest Disappointments In 2010


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