Michael Schumacher is generally accepted as one of the top drivers ever to race in Formula One but whatever natural skill he has in the driving department has always been significantly enhanced by his supreme technical understanding of the car and of how technical changes to it can be leveraged to improve lap times.
Not only have Schumacher's technical improvisation skills brought wins in cars that should not have otherwise won on the day, both early on in his career, at Benetton, and right to the present day at Ferrari, but his adaptation to change is also something that has set him above the rest.
Over Schumacher's time in Grand Prix racing, a total of 15 years, the change in car design has been revolutionary. No single area of technology has remained the same during his career, as one quick look at Jordan's 191 and Ferrari's 2006 machine will attest. But somehow Schumacher has got the best out of all of them.
While the sport and the cars have changed some things have been consistent in Schumacher's F1 career, namely the personnel around him and his own personal approach. He has driven and won solely in cars penned by Rory Byrne and managed by Ross Brawn and it is this technical triumvirate that has been part of the length and consistency of his success.