Why I think people aren’t convinced; is that Vettel’s skills of transcending a car is done more by qualifying super high up; and then staying there; be it by defense or by sheer pace. Given that some people forget that qualifying ALSO requires driver skill; this immediately makes Seb (in their eyes) far less impressive.
@Asanator the car wasn’t a dog, I agree. But it shouldn’t have gotten 4th, 5th places. It wasn’t the 2nd, or even 3rd best car. Don’t forget that Ferrari gives 2nd rate long-life engines – reliable, but not as powerful as the main sets. There’s a reason why the reliability record on customer Ferrari teams have been better (engine-wise) than than the factory team; and why customer Ferrari engines have ever only won once.
@George I’m not talking in specific about Jenson vs Lewis, but your comment:
OK, granted JB is quite a fussy driver with regards to setup and balance. But what is that really saying? That is saying he is quicker when the car is set up too his liking.
is just plain wrong.
Being fussy over setup means you’re fussy over setup. Speed and fussiness over setup has no connection as such. He could be faster, he could be slower. Again, I’m not referencing JB and LH in particular in this example, but your generalization is way way wrong.