So, that was before the season opened. As it stands today, here is what k believe has been shown publicly between to two drivers:
- Nico's pace is the se as it was last year
- Lewis has found something in Qualifying and Race starts that he did not have in 2014
If I may just focus on the current state of play, what makes you think that the two positions above might not be reversed? I.E. Nico has dropped off and Lewis is running at the same (high) level? One could take either position based on the limited evidence we have at the moment.
Teach206 wrote:- Nico seems to be driving to his limits in the races so far
- Lewis has said, and it also looks that way, that he has more in reserve should anyone have come closer in the race
Again, if I may take these two together, I think there is another possible interpretation. Nico has generally finished fairly closely behind Lewis so far this year. While I agree that Lewis often looks like he has something in hand, that is due in part to the fact that as leader he may dictate the pace. I still think Lewis is better, but I don't think the difference between them can be categorised as simply as stated above.
Teach206 wrote:- Nico's mindset (and disposition) is one of do what's best for the team
- Lewis on the other hand doesn't have to think that way as he is winning, which is the best result for the team in his mind
I think that's a bit creative. I agree that Nico is a bit too focused on what's best for the team and he doesn't appear to have cottoned onto the fact that it's every man for himself. However, I think it's a huge assumption to be able to claim what Lewis is thinking about the team, or even if he considers the team at all. He's focused on winning first and foremost, but I haven't seen anything to suggest he's thinking of the team when he does so.
Teach206 wrote:So, based on the above, Nico must take this break to figure out what he wants to be to re team - A Michael or a Rubens. At the moment, Lewis is Michael (without the clause in the contract) and Nico is Rubens.
Has the existence of a clause in Michael's contract ever been proven?
Teach206 wrote:Imagine, as Nico has revealed recently, there is a Clause in his contract (put in by his legal team) guaranteeing him equal status.
Counter this with Lewis saying the opposite.
The mindset of someone who has to rely on the team to make him equal (at least) to the other who just goes out there and makes the point by winning the intra-team battle more times than not is a very telling trait (of each).
I don't think Lewis said the opposite, although I could be wrong. AFAIAA Lewis said there was no number one clause in his contract, which is not quite the same as not having an equal treatment clause? How do you know they don't have the same?
I think you are reading way too much into that one clause. Lewis came on as an ex WDC. I don't think there's anything particularly telling about the other driver wanting assurances that he won't end up in a supporting role to the main act. After all, it's hard to do your talking on track if you are given 2nd preference treatment with your equipment and strategy. Having that peace of mind seems eminently sensible to me, especially given all the rumours that fly around constantly in that regard.
I do agree that Lewis has let his driving do the talking, particularly this year. He's clearly the better of the two in my mind. But I don't agree that you can read anything into it other than simply that he's a better racing driver.