Red Bull is the best team, that has what has won them the championships, the fact that Vettel nearly lost to Alonso in 2010 and 2012 shows that he isn’t a all conquering Senna-esque legend as some Vettel fans would have you believe ;-).
You’re the first to mention Senna. Honestly, I think we need an F1 related Godwin’s law; ‘The longer a thread or discussion lasts, the higher the probability someone will compare someone to Ayrton Senna’.
The thing is, most people in this thread would say it’s not JUST Vettel or JUST the Red Bull, it’s the way they go together. The combination is the best; but that does not have to mean the Red Bull has been the best car for the past 4 years. There’s a difference in a car that has performed the best (= achieved the best results) and the car with most potential. McLaren last year is a prime example of this, as is Williams in 1986.
Hamilton should be aware after 2009 how important a good car is, no matter how good you are. Heck, he’s been overtaken by a Williams, scored poles and won a race this year alone. The thing is, Hamilton is probably very much concerned with his legacy. I don’t find it arrogant (heck, I can imagine the frustration of drivers like DC, when in 20 years time people start forgetting about him like they forgot about Alboreto, Reuteman and others who were good, but didn’t win a WDC) but I also don’t find it necessary to talk about it in this spiteful manner. Much as I found Alonso’s comments in 2012 about ‘we are racing Newey’ to be of poor taste. Of course it looks and feels better when you’ve beaten the best. That’s why Alonso had such hubris after 2005/2006; he beat Schumacher. Now, they’re up against someone who appears to have his string of dominance (relatively) much sooner than Schumacher did in his career, thus disabling Alonso, Hamilton and Raikkonen from grabbing the titles and wins they’d normally compete for.
Maybe Hamlton needs to consult Jean Alesi.