We would definitely have had a champion fight on our hands, I think you can agree on that. I do think Vettel would have been able to put up a fight against Hamilton in Japan, but that's not Schuttelberg's point. His point is that if Vettel did not have his technical gremlins and that accident, things would probably be very tense right now.GPR-A wrote: ↑Tue Oct 24, 2017 3:22 pmSingapore was no brainer for Vettelt to win. Most likely Malaysia too. But Japan wasn't the case. If what happened in the end was what has deceived people to believe Vettel would have challenged Hamilton, then people need to pay better attention for underlying realities.
In the aftermath of his championship rival getting a mechanical DNF, there was hardly an ounce of doubt that Hamilton was in ultra conservative mode in the race from the lap 1 to save his PU for the remainder of the season. Back markers and slight difficulty in switching on the Soft Tyres, made look like Verstappen was challenging Hamilton. Which in turn, led people to believe that, had Vettel been in the race, he would have surely, probably, would have won ahead of Hamilton. Which would be far from the fact of the matter.
Note that building a championship winning car also means getting it across the finish line. Mercedes paid that price last year with Hamilton, now Ferrari does it too.