There have been several occasions where Vettel has had car problems during practice and qualifying sessions, neither of which would have done him any good.
But did any of those necessarily benefit Alonso directly? Remember, you were supposed to be talking about cases where Vettel was on course to beat Alonso but suffered some kind of problem in an attempt to prove to us that he has been netter than Alonso. So indeed you mentioned two cases out of just three where Alonso gained more points thananyone else through misfortune (7 at Bahrain/Korea [Vettel both times], 6 in Spain [Hamilton and Vettel]).
There have also been several problems during races, which although were temporary and didn’t cause him a DNF, have also cost him positions. There have also been poor strategy decisions on the pit wall, again not costing whole races, but positions here and there. It all adds up.
The only two real cases of temporary probems for Vettel were perhaps Spain and Monza. The former cost him 1 place in the end, the latter didn’t cost him anything since he finished 4th, and was nowhere near Felipe Massa all weekend.
Also, the safety car in Valencia deciding to collect Fernando while letting Sebastian and Lewis through adds up with the safety car coming out when Alonso had a penalty in Siverstone (Alonso did deserve the penalty, but had Alonso been able to take his penalty before the field got bunched up, he wouldn’t have lost as many points as he did). Bad luck that roughly balances out with what other drivers suffered.
Whoever wins the Championship, I’d put money on the gap being 7 points or less.
We’ll have to wait and see about that.
Of course he has, but the points he’s has lost to unreliability out-weight those that he’s lost to driver error.
His poor racing in Shanghai saw him only end up sixth, while the guy who sneaked past him got second. Even if we assume that Mclaren was faster in the wet, and Rosberg was too far ahead, I’ll assume that his lack of speed cost him 4th. An extra 4 points.
Sp yeah, the car failures now out-weigh the errors, but 66-57 is still fairly even.
And for what it’s worth, and I know this isn’t strictly relevant, I think he’s done remarkably well given his young age and inexperience. Alonso has made plenty of mistakes this season, and he’s a double World Champion.
Perhaps Alonso has made mistakes this year, but like with Hamilton, it’s arguablle that it’s a consequence of trying to make up for a lack of car perforance.
Vettel has done well, but he is in his third full season. By then, Schumacher and Hamilton were World Champions, with Alonso talking only one more season to take one. None of them (who weren’t disqualified/banned from 4 races) had a car with the kind of performance advantage the RB6 has.