Do we Congratulate Lewis or his Car?
It’s the best news of the year, just amazing to hear and time to celebrate. Double points won’t be around in 2015 as common sense finally prevails. Oh and in other news, Lewis Hamilton won the 2014 Drivers’ Championship after winning the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
So we reach an important paragraph because this is the last time you’ll ever read anything in this blog about double points. The crazy initiative proved to be not double points but actually just pointless. The need to ensure the title race went to the last race didn’t need double points (though the constructors’ title race could probably have done with triple or even quadruple points and no that’s not a recommendation Bernie) and it had no affect whatsoever on the final race. Bye bye double points.
So on with the show and congratulations to Lewis Hamilton though I don’t quite understand his reaction to winning the title. “World Champion, I can’t believe it!” Well, considering he was 17 points clear at the start of the race and passed his only opponent within seconds of the race beginning, it was hardly something difficult to believe was it?
Now Lewis is favourite to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award but should he be receiving it or the designers of his amazing Mercedes? Let’s face it, Hamilton may have won the world title but with such a superior car, he only really had to beat Rosberg to become world champion. In the end it was the experience Hamilton had that proved to be the most vital factor as he showed his dominance in the final third of the championship. Would Hamilton have won the title if his teammate had been someone like Vettel or Alonso? It would certainly have been an even tougher task than his year-long struggle with Rosberg.
I totally agree with the comments made by Sir Jackie Stewart. He said: “”Lewis can become one of the great drivers. But you can’t judge that based purely on this year’s performance because of Mercedes’ superiority throughout the whole season.”
That is of course the problem with F1, you can be the best driver around but if your car isn’t up to the task then your chances of winning anything disappear. Hopefully next season will see more teams capable of challenging for races. The fact only Mercedes and Red Bull won races this season isn’t fantastic for the sport. The top three in each race was dominated by Mercedes, Red Bull and Williams with just one each from Ferrari, McLaren and Force India.
Bottas finished fourth in the title race but was a staggering 198 points behind Hamilton and just three drivers managed to get within 200 points of the champion. As for the Constructors’ Championship, Mercedes ended 296 points clear of Red Bull and 381 clear of Williams. Shed a tear for Ferrari as they ended up 485 points behind Mercedes. We can’t have figures like that next season.
There really is a lack of competition in F1 and that’s a big problem. Toro Rosso finished seventh in the Constructors’ Championship but managed just 30 points all season. Lotus in eighth just managed ten all season. It’s important to have these teams in F1 but their lack of success is worrying.
Over the coming weeks and months I’ll be looking at how the teams are faring in the build-up to the 2015 World Championship. So in the meantime let’s congratulate Lewis (and the Mercedes designers) and hope for another close finish next year but one involving more than two teammates.