True, but that's what makes (most) F1 drivers so extreme. They just keep racing no matter what.
Guys like Button and Massa could've retired a long ago. Certainly they had enough money to do so but kept racing anyway, championship or not, injuries or not.
I just have a hard time cheering for someone whom I now see wasn't fully committed. No wonder he couldn't beat Lewis for 18 years (til now and with help); Nico was in it for the wrong reasons.
I get that point. If you have read the thread you know well that I was no Rosberg fan. I'll go one bit further. I grew up with motorsport and have been in and out of the loop as times go by. The 90's I completely avoided as I saw then what critics whine about now with the formula being stale and boring. What brought me back is the business sense of the sport. You dont watch this event for a single race, the ADD crowd need not apply, best you spend you time on twitter following Paris Hiltons reports on her bowel movements instead. What ingtrigues me here and what Bernie has missed in his endless and indefatiguable efforts to extract money from the sport is the overall picture. The sport has evolved past the performance of the "athlete" and moved into the realm of the holistic picture of Rules/Interpretation/Finance/Engineering and finally driver. Awesome mix. And it shows and that becomes the show. Williams the engineering company that went racing who treats their drivers as a component, and the least valuable component at that, ending with the record for most WDC's that ran for their life after winning finally (See a Nico parallel here perhaps). The SCUD the "Glamorous Losers" Look back and marvel at how many of THEIR drivers did not win multiple WDC's, yet when Fubarri calls you dare not say no. Maclaren, Hakkenen and Prost how many other multiple WDC's did they produce?
We get overwhelmed by the spike gains, but as a whole F1 is incredibly consistent with producing winning teams and drivers. We live for the anomaly and make all kinds of excuses why it should be the norm. Really it should, every "motivated" driver should be able to knock out 7 WDC's the way Schumacher did, shouldn't they? Every drive should be like Buttons WDC year in Brazil, shouldn't they? Every race should produce a spectacle like Gilles and Arnoux for SECOND at the French Grand Prix.
Except it does not.
We are gifted with a spectacle at every race no matter if is a boring Merc 1,2 or a duel of the lesser marks gaining an advantage and making most of the opportunity. Maldonado on the podium, really, come on. But just like real life, some mediocre joe can actually luck into a fortune.
F1 reflects all this and puts it under the microscope for all to see. Yet still like any other country, businees, charity, family, kids sandlot afternoon, attempts to hide it's warts and glorifies its successes.
A Magnificent Shakesperian Techno/Mechanical Crucible that exploits weakness and promotes cleverness.
In the current environment, much as I do not admire his driving, I am proud to applaud Nico for taking the win and flipping the bird to the sport at the same time. Perfect zero sum play. More than winning the WDC he shows me that unlike the lew's and teflonso's he actually has the measure of the sport.
His retirement after the win has an almost PhilDickian perfection to it.