Your post has a contradiction. Nico was better in qualifying in 2014 and you mention that Lewis wouldn't pass Nico many times during a race starting behind him. That's exactly what happened in 2014. Nico the poles, Lewis the race wins and it's exactly the same scenario in the last three races.Drpesq wrote:Not sure if this comment should be in the car thread or team thread -
We all know that F1 teams engineer cars around the #1 driver. Nico's qualifying in 2014 was very impressive. Although Hamilton outscored him in 2013 by a bit, it seems that the W06 is an ideal fit for Hamilton.
I don't dislike Lewis, and he a deserving champion in my opinion, but I do feel for Nico. On raw talent I don't think he's that far behind Lewis, but in F1 as we've seen before, as amongst the fastest 2-3 teams, the car in front stays in front absent an error. a faster driver won't necessarily be able to pass.
Put it this way, If Lewis were made to start one position behind Nico at every round, I don't think it certain that he would have passed Nico.
How much of that is down to the design of the car? Ferrari designed their car for Alonso, RB for Vettel etc... Clearly this Merc is for Hamilton. But I've never read any commentary about it? Can anyone comment on any engineering tailored to Lewis?
Rosberg is a good driver, better than a lot of people think, but there is a difference between being a good driver and a good racer. When everything is perfect for Nico he can dominate a weekend, but put 2 or 3 cars in front of him and he doesn't look that strong anymore.
He can be very fast in qualifying, but his races are disappointing.