benmc wrote:I would rather the world championship be decided by drivers racing on the track, rather than by some lottery of who has the least mechanical DNFs.
I watch Formula 1 because I want to see great racing between 22 of the best drivers in the world. I'd like to see that for the whole race thank you very much. Even if that means Vettel coasts to victory several occasions in a season, that doesn't bother me because I know he deserves it.
It's not a lottery, as the teams and drivers are responsible for their own reliability, (drivers need to decrease spins and crashes, the team need to stop the car blowing up). It is now too easy to stop the car blowing up, which decreases one of the avenues to carve out an edge over the opposition.
F1 is about the driver/car combo, it's a whole package here. Otherwise if you want to see great racing, why do you stand for the lottery of car performance? Button has been stitched this season, his car is poo and it's not his fault, and as a result he is out of the Championship fight? You now aren't seeing great racing between 22 of the best drivers, you are seeing great racing between the top 4 or 5 guys, with the rest playing second fiddle in their slower machinery.
If you view it more correctly as a car/driver combo then a driver winning in a fast car is easy to accept, and then by the same token a driver winning in a more reliable car is also easy to accept.
It's nothing like that at all.
At least when Jenson Button is fighting the McLaren this year, or Fernando Alonso was fighting the Ferrari last year, there is/was still some enjoyment in watching them make the best of what they've got.
Even as a Button fan, I've enjoyed watching him drive brilliantly in events such as Malaysia, China and Germany, somewhat disproving the idea that he struggles in poor equipment.
Sure, it's less enjoyable than watching him compete at the front, where he should be. But it's much better than watching him park his car for a 1/4 (or more) of a season. At least in a poor car we can still see what the drivers are capable of to some extent.
When I'm watching a driver park his car, I'm feeling much more robbed of 'what should be' than I am when watching a driver struggle with poor equipment.
I'll put it this way - You mentioned Jean Alesi and the several moments his car broke down when in contention for victory. You also mentioned Damon Hill in Hungary. Go ask F1 fans how they felt during those moments. Tell me how they cheered in delight... Go on.
Co-incidentally, I feel even more robbed when stewards influence the results of a race. But surely, if they were to throw the book at top drivers in order to create some unpredictability, that would give the Blundells of today their glory moment, wouldn't it? After all, that is exactly what you said you wanted to see in the OP - A leading driver not being guaranteed of a win. Well that'd be one way to ensure that!