F1 is all about who has the best equipment will win and does not really depend on the driver's skill
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The best example of equipment placing higher than skill this season, is of Nico Hulkenberg. In the 2012 season, driving for Force India, he raced quite well and placed high in the tables, with many critics feeling that he could be an outside threat to the title this season. But he chose to move to Sauber, a team with weaker equipment and is now struggling to get points and finish in the top 10. Better car means better odds of winning.
1) Fernando Alonso - it has to be said, the Ferrari he had last year was a dog of a car. It was slow and almost a second off pace at every venue (except Germany). How can a car like that even come near trying to win a title? Fernando Alonso stood in 2nd having missed out on the championship by 3 points. At every race, almost all the races after the summer break did Alonso stand 1-2-3. Did the car magically start flying or was that Fernando steering it the right way?
2) Nico Rosberg and Pastor Maldonado- Rosberg flamboyantly drove an unmanageable Mercedes to take the checkered flag first in China. The car wasn't the best in the field, nor was it so quick that nobody could even imagine coming near the Mercedes. That day, it wasn't the car that mattered, it was the way Rosberg controlled his race and finished home P1. Again, it's the skill. Maldonado too! The way he fended off Alonso after the routine pitstop in Spain takes skill. And also his flying lap in Singapore, one of the most demanding tracks around the world and Pastor made it work.
3) Vettel vs Webber, no matter what they say, Vettel has been scoring most of the points and Webber has to play second fiddle all the time. But it's not Vettel to blame, but it's Webber. They have the same 'world champion' engine fitted onto their cars, they both have the same great designer; Adrian Newey for them. But why is it that Webber doesn't do as well as Sebastian? That's where the driver makes a huge difference. (Exclude Malaysia this year, where somehow people think Vettel made a mistake and have started despising him). A driver of Vettel's capabilities is what lifts a "party team" to a "world champion" team. And here's a heads up for Vettel fans, according to stats, Vettel has had more retirements from 2009 than Webber has had. So there's no way to argue 'Vettel's got lesser retirements and he's got a better car than Webber'
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