I think even a casual observer would note one of a few things regarding Alonso's championship in 2012:zeph wrote: So my beef here is the suggestion that Alonso leads merely because of the others' misfortune, as it is really just another way of discrediting his near-perfect performance ALL year.
1. He has not been in the best car at most circuits
2. He has had incredibly good reliability
3. He has outperformed the car at most races.
I think if we applied the same logic to Hamilton, we'd have:
1. He's been exceptionally quick most of the year in a car that has been consistently quick most of the year.
2. He's had incredible misfortune and very poor reliability
3. He is the quickest driver out there currently.
I think if Mclaren had the reliability of the Ferrari, Hamilton would be in the lead in the WDC.
That's not taking anything away from Alonso, as he has been exceptional. However, make no mistakes, if the Mclaren was reliable, and his team consistent through the year, he'd be in the lead.
All that said, I think it it building up to be a great finale to the season, the last 6 races, as Mclaren have more updates to an already quick car, Button has found some pace, Vettel is hungry for #3, Hamilton #2, I believe the driver situation is sorted with Hamilton (and Button will act like wing man), and Lotus have some big upgrades coming. Should be fun.
I also can't see Alonso going the whole season without a mechanical DNF.