Schumacher won the 2003 World Championship because Kimi's McLaren updates were badly bungled by their fail in trying to produce the MP4-18 which turned out the be crap and Juan Fail Montoya and his shitty driving/tyre problems. So not, it shouldn't be him imo for the 2004 award (based on 2003 performances?)
In my opinion, Schumacher was the third best driver of 2003 behind Raikkonen and Alonso but it was close. Schumi had a fast car but did have some bad luck. Though Raikkonen also lost that clear win in Germany. It was an epic year.
I agree with you there, just to clear several things:
1)I did not suggest that Rossi should have gotten the award for his 2002 campaign, but 2003.
2)I agree that his 2004 was even better, but I suggested 2003 in order to correct giving a perhaps an undeserved win for Schumi there, since I am giving him an extra one for 2002.
Apologies. I misread what you wrote in the first post. It's difficult to do it this way because it's naturally revisionist; for instance in 2004 what Federer achieved was remarkable, a 3-Slam year and we had no idea that by 2011 it would be done 4 more times. But I am biased towards motorsport so I'd still go for Rossi (much as I was hoping Gibernau would win that title).
All that I write must be taken with the disclaimer that I know very little about golf or winter sports.