Armchair Expert wrote:
Wait, so there can be only one "great" driver according to you?
Think about that for a moment.
It's very simple and logical. If Alonso's season when he lost the title is rated much higher than the guy who actually won championship, then Vettel wasn't
great, and if in Red Bull's opinion
2012 title is the best one and it still wasn't rated as such by team principals, then Vettel isn't
Why would both be mutually exclusive? Vettel has had a great year with some great drives and another WDC, but Alonso as a driver had the edge. Hamilton has also been great.
What would be completely illogical is stating despite Alonso being appreciated by team principals much, much higher than Vettel, Vettel is somehow great.
Hold on - we're talking about this years vote and extrapolating that somehow to a whole career? Last year Vettel was rated higher than anyone by team principals, the year before it was Alonso, the year before that it was Vettel. Why give 2012 all the weight in this discussion?
the day Vettel will leave Newey team or he will be paired with top driver on equal status (which isn' the case rtight now, when Webber is treated like a bitch - remember front wing bullcrap in 2010? - and his DRS or KERS isn't working 50% of time), he will be exposed as a driver and no one will even think about calling him great. Many eyes will be wide open, but for now he has huge benefit of car advantage, which is covering his lack of talent in comparison to true top drivers.
This is all very much you guessing without any facts.
How many times will people bring up the front wing incident? That incident is no excuse for the fact Webber couldn't manage to finish one position behind Vettel in the WDC in either one of the past 4 years.
Also funny: Massa giving up 5 starting places - no problem. Webber handing over a front wing to Vettel (after Vettel having stated preference for that wing and Webber being indifferent about old and new spec wing) - OOH LA LA BIG PROBLEM.
Alonso building a godlike status next to a very submissive Massa - no problem. Hamilton scoring less points than Button over the past 3 years - all circumstancial, Hamilton is God. Vettel outperforming Webber (arguably a better driver than Massa) each and every year - IT'S ALL THE CAR.
Nope. You might suspect Vettel is less of a driver, but it's not a fact, not proven, all we know is Vettel came into a RBR that was crap and won 3 WDC's over the next 4 years. Those are facts.
Armchair Expert is an armchair expert.
edit: also, be careful what you wish for. I wouldn't be so sure Alonso would outperform Vettel if both were in the same team. But we probably will never know, because I'd bet big bucks on Alonso not wanting Vettel alongside him.