Rain was something he had to cope with--I never contested that. It was so easy to make a mistake in those conditions, so easy to throw it all away, and when everyone else was slipping and sliding off the track, we never saw Vettel make an error, even with a damaged car. A credit to him.
Rain - wasnt ideal for Vettel and threatened his chances even before race start as it favors the Ferraris Although it proved to be great equaliser when his car was not able to even cope with the Saubers.
I don't think it's fair to count this one as contributing to the difficulty of the race. He always has to fight Webber--this race was no exception. Other drivers might not have teammates that challenge them, but just because Seb does isn't something that makes it special in my view, because every driver should in my opinion.
Webber compromising his start only hampered his title bid - indirectly leading to the shunt.
Of course not. But if he had decided to give up the position and had not damaged his car--rightly or wrongly--I think it's very likely he might've even won the race rather than just finishing sixth. In hindsight, it was a mistake--one that could be attributed to him. You make your own luck, as they say, so in retrospect this was more a case of him making things harder on himself than they could've been, in my opinion. Full credit to him for coming back from his mistake, though.
Senna & Broken Car (even if his own making) did not make his race easier . Did it?
It did, but this didn't directly impact him. Seb always says that he drives his own race regardless of what everyone else is doing. Do you think it unreasonable that his goal was probably to finish fourth regardless of whatever happened in the race? That being his goal, this helped him get closer to fourth more than it hurt him at the time, no?
SC to close the field putting Alonso in strike distance from being 1 min behind - did put his title under threat . No? I m fairly sure Alonso s radio message "in English" was meant for Charlie.
Plus, we don't know that Alonso was the only one calling for an SC--Rosberg suffered a puncture as a result of the debris and at one point Vettel himself was calling out the locations of debris on track. The SC was an inevitability given the track conditions, so unlucky or not, I don't think it's fair to count it as something that added to the difficulty of his race--especially considering that it helped him get closer to fourth place than he was previously.
Again, Seb drives his own race. These incidents had little impact on his position or overall goal--it only made things look harder from a spectator's perspective because they directly benefitted Alonso. He was fighting to get as close to the front as he possibly could've--this didn't change that motive or the difficulty of achieving it.
Ham DNF coming together meant he won 1 place but Alonso gained 1 "higher value" place - thus threatening the title
Hulk Penalty (even tho it was racing incident) only helped Alonso because it promoted him one place.
These did make his race more difficult. They were shortcomings of the team that he had to account for, so they do contribtue to the magnitude of his drive, in my opinion.
Pit Stop strategy and Wet tyre comedy didnt help and almost lost him the title
RAdio not working cant be of help
I don't disagree that it was an amazing drive--I just disagree with some of the things that you counted as contributing to the spectacle, difficulty, or otherwise 'thrilling' aspects of Seb's race. It's just my opinion that some of these things had no overall effect on his goal to finish fourth or better, and therefore weren't truly things that contributed to the difficulty of the race. Personally, my favourite part was how he was lapping one full second quicker than anyone else with a damaged car in tricky conditions towards the end of the race. That takes some serious talent.
It was a drive against adversities almost every other lap. Even if you think Seb was to partly or fully blame for teh situation he found himself in - its still amazing.
And therefore I think that this drive will go down history as one of the amazing drives ever for a successful title bid. Its ridiculously gritty, awesome , somewaht clumsy and finally LUCKY all at the same time.
One of my favourite radio sound-bites since I've been watching.
Sebastian Vettel, You Are The World Champion! You Are The Man!