Vettel was lucky to get this one. Other teams screw ups helped.
2009: BrawnGP inherits great car from Honda. McLaren and Ferrari underestimated the rule changes and made a bad car. Red Bull was fast, but had poor reliability. BMW and Renault also made bad cars. Button made the best of his massive car advantage and his experience to win the title. He was lucky to get that one because McLaren and Ferrari screwed up and Red Bull took too long to find good form.
2008: Hamilton wins in the final corner. He was lucky because of that final corner, Ferrari having team mates taking points off eachother and Raikkonen binning it in Spa.
2007: Raikkonen was lucky to have Hamilton and Alonso taking points of eachother and having a good car, which Schumacher developed in 2006. All down to luck.
2006: Alonso lucks into the title because of McLaren’s screw ups with narrow designs and poor reliability in engines. Also, luck because Schumacher’s engine blew in Japan. All luck, no skill.
2005: Alonso lucks into his first title because Ferrari screwed up their 2005 cars, Mercedes destroyed McLaren’s season and he magically had a race winning car. Fisichella was sabotaged and had tons of
KERS other failures, clearly sabotaged by Horner Briatore.
2004: Schumacher is lucky to win this title. McLaren and Williams screwed up again, BAR and Renault have inexperienced drivers and lack the massive resources and design talent of Rory Byrne. If Byrne wasn’t there, Schumacher would not have lucked into titles the years before either.
2003: Schumacher lucks into a title because McLaren and Williams screw up their title contenders and has the tyre rules changed in his favor. Lucky German.
2002: Schumacher; luck. Rest of the field; screws up.
2001: Schumacher runs against a unreliable McLaren and lucks into a poor Hakkinen. Basically all down to the F2001.
2000: Schumacher is lucky to win this once, since McLaren screwed up so bad and had a great car and massive luck in races such as Germany. I for one wasn’t glad to see him win his title for Ferrari, because it was a lucky title.
1999: Hakkinen lucks into a broken bone for Schumacher and competing against Irvine. Newey wins another title, this time with some Mercedes help.
1998: Hakkinen must be lucky to Finnish first, because he has a Newey car and Schumacher screwed up in Japan. Newey strikes again.
See how easy it is to ridicule any title and put it down to luck and having a good car? Nobody has even been unlucky all year long, in a bad car, for a bad team with a bad designer and won the title. It’s a combination of those factors, but to imply Vettel has won only because of luck, or his car, or other teams screwing up, is just low. I don’t like Vettel either, but this constant cynicism about his ability is sickening. If Vettel lucks into titles, what does this say about Webber? He must be one poor driver. Alonso, Raikkonen, Hamilton? Useless, they can’t even beat some lucky kid in a car that happens to be good.