I must have had a hundred conversations about Michael Schumacher at Monza, but one really sticks in my mind.
A former F1 driver told me that one of Michael's great strengths was that whenever possible he dealt with potential problems before he got in the car. On those occasions when he's had to react on impulse - Adelaide, Jerez and Monaco this year - he's shown what can happen when he hasn't had a chance to properly think things through and rationalise them.
So what has this got to do with last weekend? Well, it seems that this ex-driver once found himself sitting next to Michael, who out of the blue asked him what it was like to be retired. I've done touring cars and sportscars, said our man, but nothing can replace the feeling that you get driving a Grand Prix car. Michael nodded, as if he was filing away that thought in his memory banks. Preparing and rationalising, in other words.