Lets hope Mick can get that F2 title and bring the Schumacher name back into the sport, it would be a very nice thing to see.I grew up watching Formula 1 with my dad and we were rooting for Michael since the Benetton days. There's no doubt Hamilton is a great talent, but what sets the two apart for me is their non-championship-winning seasons. Some great seasons there, some great drama, especially in the early Ferrari years, with 2006 a good one to cap it all off.
Ferrari was only as dominant as MGP is in years like 2001, 2002 and 2004 - as opposed to the seven straight year's we've had of Silver Arrow dominance, during which they were only challenged for half a season in 2017 and 2018 - interestingly, seasons in which Hamilton really showed his quality under pressure. More of that would do his legacy good.
There is often talk about how important Schumacher was to Ferrari's improved fortunes, leaving as world champion to a middling team. His presence revitalized Ferrari and allowed it to build around him, making them spectacular to watch even when winning titles was still three years away. Hamilton arrived at MGP in 2013, when much of the heavy lifting had been done, the team was on track to get the powerhouse engine that their success was built upon a year later.
As for Michael's unsporting moments, he was a product of his time, with plenty examples to draw inspiration from in the 80s and early 90s. I rather enjoy this complexity, nobody's perfect and seeing how that affects someone is a fascinating thing. Would he take back Jerez 97, Monaco 06, Hungary 10? I think he hasn't been apologetic about any of them and probably we won't have the chance to find out if he truly regrets those decisions.
Formula 1 has changed a lot in my short 25 years of watching it, so I can only imagine how this must all look to those with even more backstory. I'll always treasure the 90s and 00s, with the 10s leaving me more dejected, but I have no idea whether that's because of something truly objective. The sound and feeling of that V10, oh man.