Yes but Hamilton retired from the lead 3 times.
Of course it doesn't since it ignores races where he retired... please engage brain...
Yes yes yes... He also retired from a lap down (16th) and from 8th on the grid. And Vettel also retired from the lead in Spain. There is no way to play 'what if' and be accurate, where do you stop taking things into account? I did a simple division and posted it for anyone who is curious to see it.
14.16 would be his average if
you want to assume that he would actually have won those three races, and finished in the same position he retired from in the other two. And it's still not enough to beat Vettel 15.61, and Alonso, 15.44.
Perhaps average qualifying and finishing positions reveal more...
Alonso's average quali = 6.1
Average finish = 3 (ignoring his DNFs)
Vettal q = 4.1
Finish = 3.3 (ignoring his DNFs)
Hamilton q = 3.3
Finish = 5.33... (ignoring his DNFs)
Or 5.35 with the positions he held at the time of his DNFs, so actually slightly worse!
And no, I'm not going to guess the amount he lost by slow pit stops, (yes I can read minds over the internet
)but I would bet money on it that it wasn't 2 positions every
The funny thing about removing anomalous results and calculating a mean average, is that it still shows the average performance of the driver.