But this year is truly unique. To me it looks like Drivers' Year. Even midfield teams have already around 100 points on board (some more, some less) and it is often argued that they should have even more if they had drivers to deliver. Particularly Sauber and Williams have often had cars capable of challenging for podium. And in races we don't have like say first six positions locked out by only 3 teams (like it has usually been in past years), but in many cases we have 6 different teams in first 6 positions!
Looking at the front, in top 3 there are drivers from three different teams and if it wasn't for Hamilton's endless reliability issues, we would have four different teams being represented at the top of the drivers championship table. So again can we say that this is the sign that the best drivers are delivering and it is not so much about cars?
I consider the results of 2012 to be more driver-dependant than usual, because the cars have been so close. Though in the 70's and early 80's there were also periods, when many cars were really close in performance. Did it sort out the best drivers?
Sure it is a bit complicated as when the cars are close in performance, it also highlights the team operations and strategy department skills more as well. But what is your verdict about rating drivers in 2012? Has it given you more insight than, say, 2011, when there were big gaps between teams?
Edited by sopa, 05 November 2012 - 11:03.