Imagine the 2012 season was in reverse and we got past the Italian Grand Prix mark (8th race of the season). Constructors championship standings:
1. Ferrari - 201
2. RBR - 188
3. McLaren - 160
Ferrari leads with 0 race wins! While RBR has four and McLaren three wins.
So the team with arguably an uncompetitive car is leading the WCC. Usually McLarens and Red Bulls qualify above. But when I am looking at the results of those races, then Ferrari almost always gets good points with both cars, while usually only one RBR/McLaren does well... or they have some issues in the race, so that they score 4th-5th-6th places.
Is the factor of brilliant team-work underrated? Because without this Alonso would not challenge for WDC in a slower car. Nor would Ferrari be so competitive in WCC. Had Massa been fast all season, it is possible Ferrari would have also clinched WCC or at least come extremely close.
Another one is Renault from 2005. McLaren was faster that year, but in other aspects Renault was performing brilliantly and delivered.
McLaren from 2003. Only two wins with slight lack of outright speed, but bar one engine blow-up for Raikkonen McLaren as a team was performing very well and consistently. They came within 16 (?) points of Constructors title that year.
BMW Sauber in 2008. Again slight lack in pace, but good consistency and team-work saw them with a shot at a WCC for a long time.
Brawn in the second half of 2009. After Hungarian GP Red Bull was trailing Brawn only by how many points? Less than 20 for sure. And Brawn was struggling for some outright speed. But team-work was brilliant and they held on onto the lead till the end, if not even increased it.
We have to give some credit to Ferrari. People like to bash them for some speed deficiency, but other aspects are overlooked. Like the teams above, Ferrari made the best of the situation and were competitive in WCC on the whole.
Edited by sopa, 13 December 2012 - 10:31.