In the case of Lewis Hamilton and how he lost out on the title this year despite having a relatively good car, it is quite frustrating when you consider all the parts that conspired against him. Of course some parts are his as he has not been error free 100% but so has Alonso and Vettel. The difference is Alonso and Vettel both have a more reliable car than Hamilton, albeit Vettel having the faster car at most tracks.
This has led Hamilton to saying that Vettel is the luckiest driver in F1. It's understandable for him to say that as Vettel has always had a very strong car from his time at Red Bull. Adrian Newey the design genius made sure of that. The Red Bull car is not only very good in slow and medium speed corners (where a lot of time is made) but quite crash resistant. We have seen many time clashes between Vettel and other drivers which normally goes bad for the other driver.
Hamilton made his debut in a strong car as well in 2007 one can argue and that is true. But over the last few seasons, McLaren has made a weak car and too many operational mistakes.
Martin Whitmarsh insisted afterwards that McLaren’s recent reliability problems were “not related or endemic, it’s just one of those things”, yet the evidence suggests they and operational mistakes have nonetheless proved massively costly to Hamilton’s title aspirations.
So is Vettel lucky and Hamilton unlucky? Yes and no. In the technologically advanced world of Formula 1, luck plays a vital part believe it or not. But maybe to sum up Vettel as just lucky may not be fair. Although having the championship so close and then having 2 safety cars in one race does help a lot. Or was that lucky?
Read the excellent analysis by James Allen about it here.