So i think that it is fair to argue that if a driver has a mechanical failure ultimately we can't say it wasn't in some way his fault.
Well, that statement is a long way from what kicked all this off, which was that those failures were partly his fault. Being unable to rule out 100% blame is not the same as ascribing some blame. So at least you seem to be coming round to a more reasonable view now. Perhaps if you had presented things in this fashion earlier there would have been less of an issue?
So for the sake of the Jenson v Lewis comparison we can only really use their time at mclaren as a reference. Jenson spent way too long in crappy cars and Lewis has never driven anything other than a Mclaren.
All the mistakes Lewis has made including those from last year compared with jenson just backs up this theory.
And in their time together at McLaren it is 2 race ending mechanical failures vs 1. Over a sample set of about 20 races. Neither the difference in failures nor the sample set seems sufficiently large to me to draw the conclusion that Hamilton is harder on his car and this leads to race ending failures.
Vettel into JB at SPA was in no way Jenson's fault hence my claim Lewis was lucky to win by any sort of margin last year.
I agree that Lewis had more race ending driver errors than Jenson last year.
I'd also suggest that Spain, Hungary and Japan (second failure) were extremely likely*
not Hamilton's fault. And that the likely points loss from these incidents outweigh Jenson's points loss from his 'no fault' incidents at Monaco and Spa. In which case Jenson was lucky to not have been beaten by a slightly larger margin last year.
(*see, I agree with you that 'ultimately we can't say [definitively] it wasn't in some way his fault', but I think the balance of the evidence we have makes a claim of 'extremely likely' a perfectly fair one)
A lot of people on here just can't handle it if anything is said on here that excludes Lewis being some sort of god.
I can handle that no problem. Suggesting that his wheel rim failed because of a manufacturing fault, rather than driving issue, and that his gearbox failed for similar reasons, is hardly elevating him to the status of a god. If you really think that blaming these car failures as being much more likely from design or manufacture issues, rather than driver, is elevating Lewis to the status of a god then it is your compass that is out.