Originally Posted by Pudu
Fernando should be working on his 5th title this year. For years I used to loathe Ferrari and the way they went racing. Now I just feel bad for them.
I'm a huge fan of Daniel's, and I absolutely love that he is showing Vettel his rear wing all year, but it's a bit premature to say he deserves the championship. Rosberg has done a much better job than I thought he was capable of - however the championship lead is 11 points and the reliability score card is 1.5 - 4.
I have been thoroughly enjoying this season and hope it goes to the last race - but I desperately don't want it decided by a reliability imbalance twixt teamates. It would be great if Merc collectively stumbles enough for RB to catch up to within striking distance, but please don't let one Merc driver stroll away because the other's car keeps failing.
I'll credit Nico for surpassing my expectations, but at several points this season he's really critically failed to deliver, and that's why in the long run I think with anything near equal DNFs he hasn't got much of a hope. On Sunday he once again showed what is in my opinion his greatest (and possibly only significant) weakness as a racing driver - overtaking. If you think about almost any world champion you can come up with a raft of great moves they've pulled over the years, brilliant close racing where they came out ahead. For Nico, I'm afraid the best I can manage right now is brilliant close racing where Lewis came out ahead. He's great in clean air and certainly better than many drivers on the grid when it comes to racecraft, but I said earlier I wasn't convinced he could beat Lewis in a fair fight and I'm still not. I rate Rosberg about the same as Vettel circa 2011, although I think more time in a front-running car might help him refine the overtaking as it did for Vettel (who is still certainly not the class of the field at overtaking).
At this point in time, my rough opinion of how the drivers seem to shake out:
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Bottas, Ricciardo, Vettel
Button, Grosjean, Hulkenberg, Massa, Raikkonen, Rosberg
Bianchi, Kobayashi, Kvyat, Magnussen, Perez, Vergne
Gutierrez, Maldonado, Sutil