I’m a little confused at the recent string of topics considering WDCs. We’re talking about who’s going to win it, which isn’t rare, but it strikes me as odd that we have two active topics which are basically aimed at excluding certain WDCs from their status.
As far as winning a WDC goes, only one thing matters: having the most points at the end of the season. There are many ways, many styles and many reasons to achieve this, As far as I’m concerned, if anything, this topic should be about what makes a WDC notable, special or memorable, at least more so than another.
Still we have 2 incidents in 24 years that were influential enough to affect the outcome of the WDC. That’s almost 10% – it’s a lesser factor than other ones but it can surely cost a driver their one shot at the championship.
I don’t really agree that you need a good relationship with the FIA and such, but their influence can also be seen in seasons like the 1994 and 1999 seasons, banning Schumacher from a few races and the Ferrari measurement thing in Malaysia, respectively. I’m sure I’m forgetting a few as well, plus, teams like BAR in 2005 being banned for a few races, causing a major strain on their Constructor’s position.