I like what somebody was saying the other day, that rather than judging them on points scored or nonsensically trying to re-caliberate the points totals with about 5% of the key information available (as well as none of the objectivity), what we should be judging on is that each season is effectively a SET
and this was a 3 set match
. That is fair because each season is a clean sheet, a new car, and ultimately drivers are driving to gain the most points in that season, not an aggregate of 3. And I think what they are driving for, affects what they get. For example, if it was all about the aggregate total, Hamilton may have scored more strongly in the later part of 2011, Button in 2010.
So, on that basis, Hamilton wins 2-1
. It is simple, clear, fair and reflective, and I am comfortable with that. None of the need to argue the injustice of the actual total points and none of the preposterous and subjective impurity of re-worked points totals factoring in mechanicals and luck.
2-1. End of.
For me this has never been about trying to prove Button is better or worse, its been about establishing the truth. And the truth is he wasn't beaten 3-0 and comprehensively thrashed, he was beaten 2-1 and greatly closed the perceived performance and reputation gap between Hamilton and himself in doing so.
Mission accomplished as far as I am concerned. I remain fairly solid in my belief that whilst Hamilton is faster, Button remains a very strong and close competitor because he is so good in so many other areas. Prost was never the fastest driver on the planet. I think JB is just as likely to win another title as Hamilton, when the opportunity arises. They both remain on 1 WDC each when all is said and done.
Good luck to Hamilton at Mercedes next year, but I am very happy that his fans leave this thread with the expectation (hope) that Button and McLaren are going to struggle. Great... wouldn't have it any other way. Just like the winter of 2010... I think you'll be surprised.
Edited by Rinehart, 09 November 2012 - 09:31.