Paul Di Resta’s commented that he too would have done what Vettel did this year, if he had the same equipment. Without discussing the merit of the comments and who made them, the question does arise: How did Vettel contribute to the Red Bull Racing success?
In my view, Michael Schumacher had an important role in improving the Benetton 1991 until achieving the success in 94 and 95, and the same goes for the Ferrari from 96 on until his great seasons in 97, 99 and the 2000s. Either he was really lucky, or he was able to show, twice, that he could be a factor (to a certain extent) in developing a car and delivering the results.
Vettel might have been lucky at Toro Rosso, leading the team (to a certain extent agian) to beating RBR in 2008, moving to them in 2009 and making them a winning team since then.
In view of Webber’s performance this year, it seems to me that Vettel has been responsible, to a certain (maybe even small) extent for the success of the car itself, besides being able to deliver the results in it, under high pressure.
Am I seeing this too positively? What measures would you suggest to evaluate Vettel’s merit in both titles, mostly in 2011, since it is that one Di Resta is talking about. And would most any driver win the title in Vettel style, with this dominance?