Surprisingly, it did not happen many times, IMHO. Close fights between teammates (like 1988 or 1989) were not taken into account because, despite the car was obvioulsy good enough, someone had to be beaten and if it was done by a small margin, it's considered a fair shot by both drivers.
1. Championships won "unnecessarily hardly"
1997 - J.Villeneuve
1999 - Häkkinen
2007 - Räikkönen
2. Championships lost against the odds
1958 - Vanwall was fragile but had Moss not missed that shift at Spa...
1986 - Piquet, Mansell. Yes, they fought each other but the car was so good that they simply had to have Prost covered.
2008 - Räikkönen, Massa. No apologetics please. The car was obviously good enough.
3. Championships won against the odds
Winners of the years of the list #2, naturally!
4. Honourable mentions:
1966 - Ferrari made the mess of the championship that was almost served on a plate to them.
1974 - Lauda too young perhaps. Also, the same intra-team rivalry that would beset Williams years later decreased Ferrari's chances.
1981 - None of the Williams drivers were consistent enough to capitalize where IMHO they could.
2003 - see 1981, 1986.
Edited by eifelland, 30 October 2010 - 09:56.