Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: Greater Philadelphia, PA; U.S.A.
Seb needs to see a sports psychologist.
Unfortunately, his last season at RBR has a major variable, which has prevented widespread criticism of his performance, which didn't just drop enough to slide behind new kid Ricciardo; it was so blatantly awful and highly suspect that it did alert the informed that this was his way to Ferrari. Seb had a performance clause in his RBR contract to guarantee minimum performance, and he ensured the car's performance dropped enough to allow him to use his escape clause and go to Ferrari. Some say he tanked. RBR didn't bother much; there was VER in sight, and they knew -- damn well -- Seb had a Ferrari dream.
At Ferrari, he refuses to accept the car's limits at times, because of the immense pressure of a country on him, and because he refuses to adopt the Hamilton diva-bitch mindset, which is only attainable by the true persecuted sports divas. In action, it works like this: Get passed, finish down to your competition, but bring the points home as you lean on all the excuses you radioed in about the car being wrong somehow; throw the team under the bus; blame your engineers for sabotaging you; blame the other team for have a conspiracy to punt you off the track; act poorer and more persecuted than your teammate; be passive-aggressive with your teammate, and just generally let your teammate do a ton of the hard work and development, and just do NOT be afraid to finish behind others -- just take your licks and blame everyone. Be a diva, and when you get passed, with the diva mindset, you won't feel shame, because divas are shameless and pull pride out of their ass when they want, but they have no shame. Seb's shame is the enemy -- not lack of skill.
Seb drove best when Merc had the obvious better car. Why? No pressure. With the better car, you keep pressure off by being a diva, by doing what I outlined above.
Proud people, with conscience and shame, generally can't be divas, and the pressure comes to bear on them. Without that crutch, he's done.
Edit: Merc works as I outlined above, btw. They are FULLY into the Seb psychological battle and may have invested in consultants to advise and/or have been crafty enough to create the construct, which is that Ferrari have the better car (a Merc construct for a few years now). You put LH within 100 meters of VET on track and the shame factor (of Ham passing Seb, even though Seb has the so-called better car) bears down on Vet. How do we know? Well, see his performance under this pressure vs. when he had the so-called lesser car. In the so-called lesser car, Seb has no shame, so being passed is just due to limitation of the car. Without the shame, the pressure just slides off.
Merc has outplayed Ferrari in race strategy and the psychological battle, with a hugely dominant UK press towing the line, so the "Ferrari have the better car" construct is worth 3-4 wins for Merc, and at least two decisive ones, just by ensuring the non-Diva Vettel battles Ham past the limits of the car, because, afterall, Seb has the better car. Seb feels such shame to be passed in the ''better'' car that he collapses under the pressure.
LE 221/500, Rosso Alfa
Last edited by Philster; 04-07-2019 at 10:45 PM.