There have been various optimistic thoughts on Michael Schumacher's underwhelming return this year.
Many have said the best is yet to come. Some feel that he is just warming up, and when he is done doing that, he will obliterate his rivals once more.
Today sees possibly the most ludicrous of opinions from Mercedes employee Norbert Haug.
Haug has proclaimed that next year Schumacher will go for the title. He insists that the German is currently building up momentum in trying to achieve the "absolute best results." The most outlandish of claims, which many will instantly dismiss, is his response to being asked if Michael still has "it."
Haug staunchly replied, "Quite clearly yes."
Haug's personal dictionary must have "quite clearly" represented by a picture of a piece of Picasso; it's quite clearly a person...
I cant help but wonder whether Schumacher's previous status as seven-time world champion has brought rose tinted glasses to those who worship him.
Despite lacking so aggressively in pace when compared to teammate Nico Rosberg, many still believe he is the world's greatest.
For those who are not beliefs are not overshadowed by his previous accolades, we have to wonder what his role is within a sport that seems to have outgrown him.
Should the German really continue into the following season in his current form? Is it subsequently unfair that a potentially talented rookie could be denied a place in the competition because of Michael?
That would certainly appear to be the case.
What is certain is that all of this denial over Schumacher's current credentials, or lack thereof, must stop now.
He is not driving well, and is actually competing like a maniac at times. The former champion is so far away from his best that he's not finding Narnia every which way he turns.
What those who support him must do is accept that he has a mountain or 10 to climb and it is not going to be easy. Being too lethargic about his performance will not help Michael.
He needs to know that the world and his closest allies do not appreciate his loss of talent.
It is only then that he can grow back into something beautiful.