He scored the points when he could, then had to watch his rivals, with better cars and better drivers than his teammate (Vettel and Webber) closing in, whilst his own car seemingly got worse, couldn't work it's tyres, and his team didn't seem to be able to run a qualifying session. Yet he still didn't make many mistakes in the races - I think his worst slip up was probably outbraking himself a couple of times in passing moves. Hamilton, when the pressure was on, could barely get through the first turn without crashing into everyone, yet Jenson can, with a championship on the line, drive like he did yesterday. Lewis has, I think matured since then, but he's now not showing that spark everyone seemed to see in 07 and 08.
He was one of only 3-4 drivers who scored points in the first 4 GPs in a car at the time which had HUGE aerodynamical flaws, and that's somehow bad? Even in aero dependant Spain he was 1 place away from another points finish!
It's amasing who two people can look at the same career and come to such allarmingly different conclusions. It was only after the fact that - inspite of having a really good car, Button ALSO drove well at the start of the season that I could bring myself to acknowledge he had any skill at all, tbh, for years now i've been wondering why the man even had a place on the grid. If we are to take Buttons previous performance as a factor for this years championship then we'd be crowning Barichello the triple champion...
Yes true, also please don't be thinking i'm just attributing his title to luck - far from it. He did very well in the first half of the season, when the car was right - the second half he's survived on luck. What makes a champion is being able to deliver in all sorts of different circumstances and it's my view that Jensen hasn't done this. At times he's been good, and at others he really has not. He is very lucky to be champion, because in most other years he'd have not held the crown away by making such a hash of it in so many qualifying sessions. The boy must have a wallet full of Lepricorns.
Merc's get their high performance cars built in the UK and their engines are made by Ilmor, in the UK. Britain doesn't dominate motorsport, but as a nation we're certainly strong in most formulae, we have a huge specialist motorsports industry and British F3 is still a popular pedastal into the higher formula. We also have more F1 champion drivers still competing than everyone else...
Yet for some reason half the country preffers to cheer on the football team which last won anything in 1966, and take every opportunity to remind their German rivals of this despite the Germans having won 5 times since then...
The Germans occupied Britain in the war, did that make it right? No.
Where something is made, does not change it's nationality, it's designed in Hamburg and it's made for the first time in Hamburg, then it's shipped out, you can't use the basis of objects like people do with humans, an object can't change it's characteristics depending on where it was first created where as a human can, thats why we call ourselves different (culturally) because we were brought up in different environments.
I don't care if McLaren design whatever car, the winning engine this year has been Mercedes, and the second team is Austrian with a French engine, I don't care if Adrian Newey designed the car, look at Toro Rosso, they are nowhere, they are shit with the same design.
I sometimes wonder if you're just desperate to look like an idiot.
Apparently Button can't drive Barrichello's setups because they use the brakes differently. Barrichello can get away with a lower ride height than Button, and I doubt taking Barrichello's setup and raising the ride height a bit would work without adjusting practically everything else too.
I think its a bit far fetched to say that Button was under little pressure going into Brazil, the championship was anything but decided and I know that I would be crapping bricks if the title was a stake and I'd just qualified 14th. It would be interesting to see Hamilton or any other driver in that situation, would they have done the same?
Well I don't know, different people saying different stuff.
But if Button was using Ruben's setups then he was outdrving him on Ruben's setups, wether its true or not is anyone's guess.
Yes, my point is, not many people realise that part of the UK was occupied but just because the Germans were there, didn't make it English, as it was ruled by German Law, the bastards forced them to drive on the right for christ sake!
I agree that Hamilton was truly awesome at the start of the year. Then he seemed to give up for a while until after Silverstone when the new car with the new centre of gravity arrived and since then he's been, well, okayish.
I used to love watching Hamilton race other cars, he was a risk taker. He seems to have "matured" now, and I for one think that's sad. I loved that he used to race with big balls. I hope we get some of that again next season.
Jersey was British because the people where British (so they claim, we Brits think they're French). Just like the people who build the Mercedese F1 engines at Ilmor. They may now do some design at their central R&D facility, but it still draws on the earlier Ilmor designs.
Just like Red Bull Racing getting the British anthem play on their first win, sometimes the nationality on the official entry is just a corporate token gesture Like the Renault F1 team is based at Enstone, Oxfordshire, France...
Yeah Button has been very lucky that his rivals went off the boil almost at the same time he did, but his clinching the world championship yesterday was not entirely due to luck, he qualified in 14th which is hardly lucky, he was helped by collisions and punctures which were, but he then had to pull off several passes which he did, that was not down to luck and had it not happened then everything else would've amounted to nought and he wouldn't have taken the title.
Well it should also be pointed out that after Turkey Jenson and Rubens stopped setting fastest laps of the race. I think that, together with their downfall of qualifying pace should send a clear message that their car just isn't the fastest. Jenson is very cool under race pressure, something a few of his title rivals lacked. I think that's more of a reason why he always seemed to climb the order.
Wasn't around to watch those seasons, I'll get to them eventually as I go through them year by year.
This is a lot of horrible reasoning, just because I'm not trying to take part in something I can't say something negative about it? That's a bit screwy. I've got my own interests in life, watching F1 is something I do for fun. I can clearly see when people really aren't as dominant as others in their position have been though. Also I did say that Jenson did deserve it more than anyone else this year, just not as much as some champions have deserved it in other years.
Unless you're someone in one of the teams you have really no idea how much money 1st, 2nd, 3rd in each title championship get. What I'm saying is that it is pretty much impossible to know. You made up some conjecture about which championship has a wider spread with no basis.
I took his numbers as the basis for his argument - whether they are accurate or not I don't know or care, I was arguing with him about his numbers - and drew the conclusion that if $80M is the difference between second and last place, the difference between second and third, third and fourth, etc. must be considerable smaller.
Then you muscled in thinking facts were somehow relevant, despite not possessing any yourself, and came out looking like a chump.
If the difference really is $80M in prize money (looks like Shotglass got his info from here), and the difference between first and second place is $6M, what do you imagine the difference in sponsorship would be between having the WDC in your team, compared to the guy who came second?
When McLaren took Vodafone off Ferrari, that title sponsor deal was believed to be worth $40M alone. McLaren struck that deal by bringing in Lewis Hamilton. So perhaps just having Lewis in the team was worth half the revenue they'd get from finishing first in the WCC, before you even consider all the other sponsors who wanted to be associated with him.
The commercial side of the sport pays the way for the teams at the front of the grid, TV money is probably a bigger deal for the smaller teams who struggle to attract sponsorship. Which is what I said earlier in the thread and I still appear to be right.
I, pik_d, am obviously not going to win the Formula 1 WDC. This is what you seem to be pointing out. I have absolutely no idea how this relates to Jenson being a worthy champion.
So you're comparing the official prize money for getting the WCC to title prize money that they get because of what drivers they have and coming to the conclusion that the drivers pull more money? That is almost worse than what I thought you were saying before (that the unknown quantity that is prize money for WDC was a wider spread than WCC).
So McLaren got a new title sponsor in 2007 because of Lewis that was worth $40 Million. They had a title sponsor in 2006 that was giving them money, no idea how much, but that means that they did not simply gain $40M from 2006 to 2007. Who knows, West may have been giving them more than $40M, they didn't switch sponsors because of money, they switched because of the Tobacco advertising ban. I certainly don't know, and unlike you I'm not going to make claims that I can't back up.
Of course there are sponsors that follow drivers, but you'd be foolish to say that the sponsors don't also take into account the WCC as well. It's pretty unbelievable that your argument is that $40M from Vodafone > $6M for 1st-2nd spread and that's basically it. Those are only two numbers in a very huge game that is the F1 economy, you can't really extrapolate anything from them without knowing a lot more relevant information.
You can give sarcastic "oh you sure showed me" comments when I call you out on your baseless claims, you can tell me I look like a chump, but it doesn't make your faulty logic any more correct. Besides, I don't need to possess any fact to point out that you provided none in the first place. Calling someone out for making baseless claims has very little to do with actually taking the opposite stance and arguing with them. If you'll notice I haven't said anything that says that you're actually wrong, just that your logic is faulty and what you're claiming can't really be taken as fact.
its still significant
if it costs 400 million to win a championship you wont win it being 80 million short in pocket money
actually that was off the top of my head from still being a bit confused how that constituted a fine
well thats certainly enough to force ron dennis to pry his "my other car is also a veyron" sticker off his pride and joy
as for buttons talent
ross brawn recently said that button is unable to drive around flaws in the car and that you have to fix the car for him to make him look good
so thats driving and setup 2 areas that make a good driver that he certainly doesnt excell at (certainly not comapred to other drivers ross has plenty of experience working with)