It was almost impossible to compare Schumacher's performance with Rosberg's; their race strategies were entirely different, Rosberg two-stopping, Schumacher three. Yes, Schumacher was able to overtake, but on faster soft tyres.
Mercedes team boss Ross Brawn said: "The softs were around one second per lap faster than the mediums and that was the decisive thing that tipped it in Michael's favour. That and the earlier safety car.
"That wiped out much of Michael's earlier time deficit to the cars in front [including Rosberg], by which time he had already got his medium tyres out of the way, having started on them and then pitted after four laps."
So the seven-time world champion got to have his cake and eat it thanks to the way the race played out, the safety car gifting him an artificially created proximity to Rosberg on track but on a tyre that at the critical time was much faster.
Looking at their respective fastest laps, set at similar stages of the race, Schumacher's was 1.1 seconds faster than Rosberg's - roughly what Brawn reckoned the time difference between the two tyre types to be
In other words, the pace of the two drivers was roughly equal and circumstances just played more kindly to Schumacher than Rosberg. Their actual performances were very similar.
Would he have been faster on the same strategy, fighting and defending against faster cars all race long and with a full tyre allocation. I think, at best, on a par. Schumacher was faster? Yes. Did he perform better relative to his circumstances? No.Yes it shows Schumacher was faster.
To be honest with you its all a bit pointless I have the ultimate evidence that Schumacher was faster than Rosberg at Spa.
Therefore Schumacher must have been faster because he completed the race before Rosberg. Simple really.
They stopped within 1 lap of each other for the last stint and in that one Michael was consistently faster, just as he had been for the majority of the race/laps.
Same tyres, same amount of wear, same period of the race.
I find it hard to disagree with the conclusion that Michael was faster than Nico.
I don't think it's fair at all to say Rosberg's drive was defined by fighting against the top cars, while Schumacher's was defined by getting past much lesser opponents.