Well, hold it there my mint-sauce slurping friend. Wouldn’t that imply that Lewis’ last two world championships are completely meaningless because his team mate was effectively sabotaged by inept mechanics? By the way, the same mechanics who still knew how to get the job done when Nico mopped the floor with the golden boy three times in a row at the end of last season…
The explanation is ridiculously simple. Like the Red Bulls of 2011-2013, the Merc is optimized for driving away in clean air. As soon as it gets stuck in traffic, it struggles. That’s why Mark Webber was so hopeless. With his abysmally bad starts he usually got stuck in traffic. Guess who has had crappy starts all year – right – Lewis.
And then there is the other thing. Nico didn’t get all of Lewis’ engineers and mechanics. They switched SOME, not all people, and the reason was friction within the team, a ‘we against them’ mentality that can completely destroy a team. It’s ridiculous to see how Hamfosi cook up conspiracies, just because he hast’t won one of the last seven races – ask Fernando Alonso, who was sublime by the way putting that McLaren turd on sixth in Sochi.
Oh, and honourable mention for Seb Vettel: Most hilarious team radio since Juan Pablo Montoya.