I said: "the points are so arbitrary as a measure of pure driver's performance." You very conveniently missed out the two italicised words. So you believe the points tally will always rank the drivers in exactly the order they performed over a season? I'm sure your view would be exactly the same if Vettel had retired six times last season through no fault of his own, three times from the lead.
Of course my view would be the same. I am also a huge Kimi fan from 2001 onward.
The point system does not rank the drivers. The point system ranks the "Car + Driver Combination" (which includes everything that impacts the car and driver on race day). In light of that, the points system ranks the "combination" exactly in the order it performs over a season.
The point system does not "specifically" tell you that Vettel/RBR achieved #1 in the 2010 ranking when Vettel was just 23 years old. It does not tell you that Raikkonen/Macca drove a startling race at SPA 2005. It does not tell you that Grosjean/Lotus negated all points for Alonso/Ferrari and Hamilton/Macca at SPA 2012. It does not tell you that Hamilton/Macca was leading the race in Singapore before he was taken out with a reliability issue, with Vettel/RBR in second. It does not tell you Vettel/RBR led the USGP till he was passed by Hamilton/Macca. Nor does it advise that Alonso/Ferrari's win in Malaysia 2012 was rainsoaked.
But each of the scenarios above is incorporated into the points: Vettel/RBR got the cup; Raikkonen/Macca got the win, Grosjean/Lotus got the ban and no points and Alonso/Ferrari and Hamilton/Macca got no points, Hamilton/Macca again got no points and Vettel/RBR won, Hamilton/Macca won and Vettel/RBR got second, and finally Alonso/Ferrari got the win.
In the end, the points system reflects exactly what
transpired throughout the season using points. The how's and why's are left to the humans to debate, argue, discuss, agree and disagree about.
This is why Marko is 100% correct in that Alonso's comments regarding Newey, Hamilton and Vettel, etc., are ignorable. They have no relevance to the focus of racing, which is the maximization of points.
Edited by bourbon, 27 January 2013 - 20:23.