In F1, synergy inside a crew is paramount. At any time when there’s imbalance, you can’t succeed. Having an awesome automobile however a nasty driver doesn’t translate into titles. Alternatively, when you have an awesome driver however poor help from the crew, then success will at all times elude you.
Within the historical past of the game, there have been events when drivers have pushed their hearts out in what was a superb season put collectively by them. Nonetheless, what turned out to be a limiting issue for achievement was the crew not doing the job it was imagined to.
On this function, we are going to check out 5 such eventualities the place drivers had been let down by their groups and it was that deficit that proved to be the distinction between a title win and a runner-up place within the championship. So with out additional ado, let’s get straight to it.
#1 Fernando Alonso-Ferrari (2012 F1 season)
Fernando Alonso’s 2012 F1 season will go down as arguably among the best seasons put collectively by a driver in historical past. Most of the time, we see an F1 season through which a driver can put collectively one, two, and even three races the place he transcends what the automobile is able to. In 2012, Fernando Alonso did that just about each race weekend. Ferrari, in at the least the primary few races of the season, had an uncompetitive automobile. Alonso, nonetheless, was capable of place the automobile in positions that others couldn’t even take into consideration.
He received the race in Malaysia in treacherous situations due to some good decision-making and wet-weather brilliance. He didn’t take a step again from that time onwards as he maximized the end in each race regardless of not at all times having a automobile able to successful.
Nonetheless, it wasn’t sufficient, as Ferrari was simply not quick sufficient to assist hold Alonso aggressive towards a marauding Sebastian Vettel in his Pink Bull. Alonso went on to lose the title within the final race of the season however nobody within the paddock might level a finger at him as somebody who didn’t put all the pieces into the efficiency. In essence, Alonso stored his finish of the discount, Ferrari couldn’t!
#2 Kimi Raikkonen-McLaren (2005 F1 season)
New-age followers won’t concentrate on it, however Kimi Raikkonen was an absolute power of nature, at the least till he received his first F1 title in 2007. He was simply considered one of, if not the outright quickest driver on the grid and what made him plain was his versatility. Whether or not it was a single-lap shootout, an prolonged stint within the race, and even discovering his means by the sector, Raikkonen was capable of do all of that and extra. The 2005 F1 season was arguably ‘peak Kimi Raikkonen’ and within the eyes of many, a driver that was only a menace for your complete area.
A few of Raikkonen’s race wins that season had been gorgeous, to say the least. His qualifying lap at Monaco, the place he simply decimated the benchmark set by Alonso, or the race at Spa, the place he toyed with the sector earlier than he went on to win, or the masterclass at Suzuka the place he got here by the sector to win, had been simply examples of the sheer expertise and utility of it that was on show.
Having stated that, the McLaren automobile was simply not dependable. It broke down routinely and value Kimi so many factors that in the long run, it was a cakewalk to the title for Alonso. In a extra dependable automobile, the title battle might have been a lot totally different, however because it turned out, that was to not be the case.
#3 Kimi Raikkonen-McLaren (2003 F1 season)
For F1 followers who’ve adopted the game since early 2000s, discovering Kimi Raikkonen twice on this checklist shouldn’t come as a shock. The Finnish driver misplaced the title in 2003 by only one level.
What makes it much more spectacular is that he went up towards a number of world champion Michael Schumacher, who drove for Ferrari, and Juan Pablo Montoya driving a BMW Williams. The season was the epitome of consistency as Raikkonen at all times delivered whereas his two opponents had a lot larger crests and troughs through the season.
Ultimately, with McLaren missing the height efficiency of Ferrari, Raikkonen simply did not have the instruments to beat Michael Schumacher and must wait a number of years for an F1 title.
#4 Michael Schumacher-Ferrari (1997 F1 season)
The 1997 F1 season is usually remembered because the season the place Michael Schumacher tried to crash into Jacques Villeneuve to win the title within the final race of the season. Effectively, there is definitely some fact to that, and what the German did within the final race of the season was surprising, to say the least.
Having stated that, different elements are usually forgotten, together with the truth that Schumacher had no proper to be combating for the title. The automobile he had was simply not ok to tackle the mighty Williams and the truth that Schumacher was capable of dangle on for this lengthy within the title race was nearly surprising.
Can we condone what Michael did within the final race of the season? After all not! Nonetheless, Schumacher would by no means have been in that place if he had a extra aggressive automobile beneath him. He drove out of his pores and skin to be a degree forward of Villeneuve within the final race of the season however the automobile was simply not ok to compete with Williams.
#5 Ayrton Senna-McLaren (1993 F1 season)
Ayrton Senna’s 1993 F1 season was legendary, forcing Williams to take inventory of the scenario and rent the Brazilian as a alternative for Alain Prost inside the crew.
The 1993 season was one the place McLaren had been in a severe state of decline. The crew didn’t have a correct engine deal till the beginning of the season. Not solely that, it was behind the curve on key improvements like lively suspension on the time. Because of this, the automobile was simply not ok to battle for the title. Senna, nonetheless, didn’t suppose that means and went on to win 2 of the primary 3 races of the season.
Actuality struck quickly after and all the pieces got here crashing down as Prost in his Williams took over and cruised to the title. Senna, on his half, stored punching and producing spectacular drives one after the opposite, solely to lose out within the title battle as a result of the automobile was simply not ok.