What has improved Vettel for the first year of Alonso in Ferrari?


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Sebastian Vettel is already mathematically third in the world championship 2015. In his first year with Ferrari, and in the absence of the Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi, the German builds up 266 points, three victories, one pole position and lost to lack of three tests in every choice to be champion. In 2010, the first year of red for Fernando Alonso, the spaniard finished second, with 252 points, five wins, two poles and fought for the championship until the last race. What season is best? If you look at the points, from Vettel, if you look at the victories and final position, that of Alonso. Both are correct, and say that one of the two is definite is to speak of something relative. And, as in so many other debates, it will depend on the glass with that look. With the points you presently the German, who is third, would have won the title of 2010, improving his own mark that made him champion that year. With the 252 of the runners-up of Alonso, it would now be fourth. All very .

when analyzing both seasons, you must take into account several aspects. One of them is that of the rival facing. What was so superior to Red Bull in 2010 as the Mercedes of 2015? Probably not. In numbers, the energy drinks achieved less than 500 points (498), and the arrows of silver will be close to the 700 (660 to lack of a test). Red Bull ended up with nine victories, a 47’7% of the races (Ferrari won five and McLaren’s other five). Mercedes takes this course 15, 83.3%, and only Ferrari has managed to take some (three). In addition, in 2010, Red Bull came runner-up in the previous championship, starting this year-a period victorious that Mercedes has already started in 2014 and is now repeating itself.

to Decide whether the season has completed Vettel with the Cavallino is higher or lower than the first of Alonso’s arrival to Maranello. But know that, choose what you choose, someone will be able to provide data that demonstrate that they are not completely right. And take reason.

The double truth of the numbers

Max Verstappen became in Brazil the first pilot in the history of Toro Rosso in chain six major awards in the points. Vettel had the previous record, when scored in five consecutive tests in 2008. However, Verstappen in these six races he has managed three ninth positions, and a tenth, which in 2008 would have meant not rated. Therefore, using the current points system, Vettel would have finished in the points in seven races in a row being 6º-5º-1º-5º-6º-9º-4º, while Verstappen is on a winning streak being 8º-9º-10º-4º-9º-9º.

The young dutchman is just the latest example. Vettel is the driver with the most points in the history of Formula 1, followed by Hamilton and Fernando Alonso. But in that data is missing a nuance: the three have competed in the era of the current scoring system which gives 25 points for a victory, far from the 10 that received the victor for almost 20 years, in which he competed Michael Schumacher fourth place of this history table.

The numbers saved almost always a “but,” show a reality, but not the whole of reality. You can compare, for example, when Lewis Hamilton 2015 Mercedes with Nico Rosberg of 2015 on the same computer, but to compare different seasons, with teams, riders, rivals, rules, regulations and scoring systems different will, on many occasions, a double vision of reality.