Phil wrote: ↑
Mon May 29, 2017 3:23 pm
Is it? When I look at it from a different angle, I see two teams: One that has somewhat of a bad history of favoritism and blatant team orders, the other that has conducted itself quite to the opposite the last 3 seasons - arguably, causing as much controversy because it seemed the team went too far in trying to control the outcome of the race.
Let us look at both sides Phil. First of all, Ferrari in my honest opinion are very unjustly accused of favouritism. I'll tell you why, it's because when you're winning the most, you get a lot of heat (sport gets monotonous) and people want change. I'm sure you refer to the Ferrari era where Schumacher was 'favoured' but people always forget that their chief rivals (McLaren-Mercedes) had team orders in the first race of a season (Australia 1998). I find it extremely convenient when people say "oh but he's so far ahead, does he need it?" A TO is a TO. Period.
Mercedes simply had to allow their two drivers to race because the season would have been over in the tenth round if they didn't. It would lead to a faster rule shake up, shift in balance and therefore a loss of control at the sharp end or at least a chance to lose it. BTW, in all the years (2013-2016) I can state a handful of instances where Mercedes have used the team order and Rosberg has obliged while Hamilton has denied. Fair enough, but then don't come out and claim you're this 'racer' and you'd never have it easy and bla bla bla. I have heard more than once from Hamilton saying he'd never take a win gifted to him. He likes to "earn" it. If he's SO
morally upscale why didn't he hand second back to Bottas in Bahrain when he couldn't beat Vettel this year? He could have tried to actually pass him? Didn't he also find it necessary to bring up Schumacher and Barrichello at Austria 2002? Well, he has a right to an opinion but then after maligning someone you do the same thing? Wasn't Bahrain just the third race of the year?
The absolute truth is that of the two drivers supposedly fighting for the title, Vettel has had to fight his team mate harder. He's had no help whatsoever from him in trying to win races. This is not a speculation, it's a fact. Hamilton says he doesn't choose his team mates, yet his contract spells that the team "must consult him" before hiring someone. I'm quite sure Vettel and Alonso don't pay their team mates. Ferrari/McLaren do and they can hire who they like. And would two of the most successful teams in the history of the sport intentionally support the inferior driver after spending millions of bucks just to stroke their ego?
Now, hear me out on what I feel-
1) IMHO, this WDC is between SV and LH. They're both incredible world champions and if I had to pick someone hand on heart to choose one to save my life with his driving- I'd choose Hamilton, just.
I think his talent is so immense that it just edges Vettel's and his work ethic to boot. Hamilton works quite hard himself mind you, but ever since 2015 these 'off weekends' are becoming a bit more regular!
2) Mercedes and Ferrari should both have number 1's. I see a lot of Raikkonen fans unhappy and while I felt sad for him yesterday the fact is that he's simply not consistently as fast
as Vettel. He will have his moment in the sun, but he's not Ferrari's bet for the full monty. I think Bottas has done well but my sincere opinion is that Hamilton has made him look good. Bottas' race pace IMO is not convincing and if Hamilton puts his brain in gear he will eat him alive.
3) My agitation and upset post, may be even hurt is not meant for you. It's more to do with the media and Hamilton. Vettel has had a miserable couple of years and the guy is just genuinely doing well. It doesn't take much to show some class which I feel no qualms in saying Hamilton lacks in abundance. He glorifies his easy victories like titanic battles and belittles others achievements to please himself. The media signs his hymns so I guess that's how it goes.
"Sebastian there's very, you're a member of a very select few.. Stewart, Lauda, Piquet, Senna, Prost, Schumacher, Fangio.. VETTEL!"