The Formula 1 2016 title decider race is just around the corner and…I am actually excited, even though I don’t support either one of the drivers in contention for WDC. The drivers in contention are of course, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.
And because I am a bit of a sadist at times, I tend to read comments from F1 fans on various platforms such as Facebook and…well…Facebook. Not that big of a social media fan this guy who speaks about himself in the 3rd person.
Of the many things I find hilarious in these comments, the most recent trending discussions are about whether or not Nico Rosberg deserves the WDC if he wins it. The people who claim Mr. Rosberg doesn’t deserve the title always seem to cling on to one or more (or all) of the following reasons:
- “ugh, anyone can win in that car, even me, even though I’m just a couch potato with no driver’s license to my name”
- “ugh, Lewis has had so many car issues this year it’s embarassing for Nico to be considered better”
- “ugh, Mercedes are sabotaging Lewis’s car, ’cause they want a German driver winning in a German car”
That last one always makes me laugh, all the while wishing Super Saiyan transformations were real so I could Instant Transmission myself to instill some logic in the people who say this.
Topics for another day though, as today I am going to tell you why I fell there is no such thing as an undeserving F1 world champion. This will contain examples starting from 1999 (the year I began watching F1), so brace yourselves.
Let’s start with the first reason in the list above: “anyone can win the WDC in the best car”. Yeah, tell that to Rubens Barrichello or Mark Webber. Granted, these two have had some impossible team-mates, but when Rubens Barrichello FINALLY had a good car in 2009 and no Michael Schumacher…what were the results again? As for Webber, he blew his chance in 2010 and sadly, it became the Sebastian Vettel show after that.
However, ever since 1999, the best car has ALWAYS been the one to win the championship. Maybe not the constructors one, but when it comes down to the WDC, there is no way you can beat the best all around car. From Ferrari’s domination between 2000 and 2004, when they were near untouchable, to Fernando Alonso’s double in 2005 and 2006 when even though Kimi Raikkonen and Michael Schumacher seemingly had a chance to win, they were let down by their cars in the most innoportune moments (Nurburgring 2005 and Hungary 2006), the best car will always be the one to provide the world champion. It’s up to the drivers to make the most of it. So that being said, why would Nico Rosberg not deserve the title based on this ? It’s the second time in 3 years when he has a shot at winning it. That in your opinion is a bad driver?
The second reason is rendered moot by Nico’s 2015 issues. I mean sure, Lewis has had a fair share of mechanical issues this year. But those countless botched starts are his fault, not the car’s fault. And to those of you saying that Nico can only win from pole or if Lewis misses the start…who’s fault is it that he wasn’t in pole position or he was but he failed the start?
The third one…let’s entertain this insanity a bit. You know, just for fun. So, let’s assume that for some reason, Mercedes don’t want Lewis to win the title and are actively sabotaging his car in order to make Nico the champion. This type of activity is happening at ALL companies, right? I mean, I’m betting Oracle, Apple, Microsoft, Samsung etc. ALWAYS sabotage their best workers in order to have their pet peeve employees shine. What? This doesn’t happen? Shocking…
And why would Mercedes risk doing this? What if Nico wouldn’t be capable of winning? What if Ferrari or Red Bull have come up with a car capable of keeping up with the Mercs and Nico would fail under that pressure and hand the title to another team? Don’t you think the risks far outweigh the pride of having a German driver win the championship in a German car?
Sadly, these conversations will probably keep on going for years to come, regardless of who wins. My point is, regardless of who will end up winning the championship on Sunday, he will be a deserving champion. If it’s going to be Nico Rosberg, then props to him for being the more consistent driver. If Lewis Hamilton wins, then props to him for fighting the odds race after race and overcoming a 12 point deficit, which seems simple, until you realize that Mercedes have little chance of missing out on a 1-2 finish on Sunday.