In that article Marko held Vettel up as a driver who thrives under pressure. I would agree with that.
All drivers to some extent are under pressure, and if they're doing a great job, than by definition they are thriving. You however have specifically referred to the pressure of competing for the WDC, and while you're in agreement with Marko, I personally think we've yet to see it.
2010: Came from behind, and wasn't even expected to win the championship, actually requested not to be told until the end whether he was in the position to win it.
2011: Had the fastest car, and won the WDC by Suzuka, did an excellent job and maximised the equipment at his disposal, but yet again there was very little pressure applied by other competitiors.
2012: in the last race, dismal qualifying session and was outqualified by his team mate, tentative start which lost him places, and than turned in too early into turn 4 sending him spinning to the back, only when he had nothing to lose did he suddenly turn it on putting in an great drive with a damaged car, but yet again not great evidence of him thriving under pressure either in fact quite the opposite.
I'm sure a similar list could be drawn up for Alonso, or Schumacher who famously made mistakes under pressure in the last race both in 1994, and 1997 when competing for the WDC, examples which I would more readily consider as cracking under pressure (if I were so inclined) than anything Hamilton had done.
Your argument is held up by the thinnest of straws, you're happy to mention 2007, but conveniently downplay or ignore the role both team strategy and a faulty gearbox played in the loss of his WDC, instead choosing to blame the driver, with some great examples of plucking fiction out of your imagination debunking actual facts. You ignore the special conditions of Brazil 2008 (the wet weather, McLaren playing it safe with a low downforce package), or the fact that Hamilton's errors were spread out throughout the season suggesting more a lack of consistency than anything WDC pressure related. In 2010 you'll bring up Monza, but not mention the fact that both Alonso and Vettel crashed out the race before in Spa, or explain why an error in the 13th race of a 19 race season not the 12th is suddenly indicative of cracking under pressure? All in all one can't help look at the blinkered arguments you present, your unwillingness to acknowledge information that contradicts your own, and your past posts on Lewis Hamilton, and think your argument is clearly very agenda driven, and ultimately discreditable.
Edited by Kvothe, 14 January 2013 - 10:34.