Webber lost at least two years of being in a race-winning car.Nope.
On the surface, it makes sense. But hen people make that judgment, do they consider what likely results he could've accomplished?
Had Webber raced for Renault in 05, did that mean Alonso wasn't going to be racing for them?
If Alonso wasn't racing for Renault, do people think Webber would've won the 2 WC?
If he was team mates with Alonso, accounting for the fact that he beat Alonso only once (just) in the 4 years from 2010-13, what results would anyone genuinely expect form him to consider it a lost opportunity?
Had Webber raced for Renault in 05, would he likely have gained the RB drive to take advantage of that later on?
He missed two years withg a race winning car. But seriously, how many races do you think he could've won?Webber lost at least two years of being in a race-winning car.
Irrespective of who his team teammate would be or who wins the WDC in that Renault, that's an undisputed fact.
Williams were clearly on the way down when Webber joined. Montoya saw it, Flavio saw it, pretty much everyone saw it except Webber himself.
Not sure if I love these changes.....
$$$ already invested into the car (especially aero and engine) replaced driver talent as the most important factor in winning. At least the 80s had regular mechanical failures.F1 starts in 1950.
Juan Fangio wins his 4th title in 1956, and 5th in 57.
It took 37 years for someone else to reach 4 titles (Prost in 93), and 45 years for the next to get 5 (Schumacher in 02).
It's taken 16 years for the next driver (Hamilton) to get 5 and 6 titles respectively.
The first 50 season of F1, 7 drivers went back to back (Ascari, Fangio, Brabham, Prost, Senna, Schumacher and Hakkinen). Only Fangio went more than 2 on the trot with 4, and there was a 26 year gap between a consecutive champ between Brabham in 60 and Prost in 86.
But in the 20 seasons in this century since, we've had 5 blocks of consecutive champions between 4 drivers. But not just your standard back to back champs, we've had mammoth blocks Schumacher with 5, Vettel with 4, and Hamilton with 3. Something that was only done once in the first 50 season of F1, and went a spell of 46 years between the next block of 3 consecutive.
Something's gone awry in the last 20 years. These sort of stats are not reflective of the difference in calibre of drivers now in comparison to the past.
Another seat filled as Giovinazzi confirmed for 2020 for Alfa alongside KimiYup, most of the seats for 2020 are filled:
Mercedes - Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas
Ferrari - Sebastian Vettel, Charles Leclerc
Red Bull Racing - Max Verstappen, TBA (Alex Albon is odds on)
McLaren - Lando Norris, Carlos Sainz Jr.
Renault - Daniel Ricciardo, Esteban Ocon
Alpha Tauri - Daniil Kvyat, TBA (Pierre Gasly is odds on)
Racing Point - Sergio Pérez, Lance Stroll
Alfa Romeo Racing - Kimi Räikkönen, TBA
Haas - Romain Grosjean, Kevin Magnussen
Williams - George Russell, TBA
The only question is whether or not Kimi retires at the end of the season and therefore there are two seats to fill instead of one. Giovinazzi has probably done enough to get another season at Alpha.
There's a bunch of Formula Two drivers (Nyck de Vries, Nicholas Latifi, Luca Ghiotto) that are probably jostling for what looks like only one seat!
Yeah was thinking it might be the end of his F1 career (which, barring a miracle, would result in him holding the record of most races without a podium), but was wondering whether there might be any surprises with driver moves. Perhaps someone like Vettel or Kimi calling it quits without notice after Abu Dhabi?Well Alfa's seat is filled so that only leaves Williams, and they seem to be going with Latifi given how much he's been involved in FP1 recently