GrandAxe wrote: ↑
Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:49 pm
A person who doesn't feel up to the task has no right whatsoever to comment on those who who can, especially drivers who are single or multiple WDC's (Kimi, Alonso, Vettel and Lewis). It doesn't speak of character. This is especially worse when most of the time what is said turns out to be either inadequate or remarkably flippant, a breach of trust or even insulting e.g. Ferrari staff telling him they got their aero wrong.
I don't understand this point. It's basically saying that the only person worthy enough to (constructively) criticize or share any opinion about the sport are those "who can" excel at it.
That writes off almost everyone in the media, everyone in this forums and almost every other fan.
When you view Rosberg as a fan (albeit a very knowledgeable and well-connected fan), I'd say his opinions are way more valid than anyone here or even most of the pundits covering the sport today.
His reasons for leaving the sport was also valid in my opinion, and I respect him for admitting that winning that WDC took way too much out of him mentally and emotionally because Lewis was that good. He said in his podcast (with Toto IIRC) that he needed to shut himself off the world to keep his focus and cope with the pressure. He left because he had achieved his life goal to win the WDC and he didn't want to put himself and his family through that ordeal again.
I think that was very respectable from him.
Back to the Chinese GP, I understand why Ferrari swapped their drivers, but I am worried how that would affect morale. Leclerc can potentially sink in the same way Bottas did last year while Vettel can succumb to even more pressure.
Unless Vettel has a #1 driver clause in his contract, they should have swapped them back when it became apparent Vettel couldn't chase the Mercs anyway. At the very least, they should have protected Leclerc better from the undercut (Vettel had more time to spare there).
IMO Ferrari should focus more on getting both drivers up as high as possible on the standings rather than focusing on getting one the best results possible. They are bleeding valuable points for the constructors championship.