AndreaModa wrote:I think we're in a situation similar to the mid to late 1980s and early 90s where you had the quartet of Prost, Senna, Piquet and Mansell effectively above everyone else. It took three of them to retire and the other to tragically die before we saw a new world champion.
Had Alonso been able to manage his career a little bit more effectively and be in a competitive car now, you'd say the group of him, Vettel and Hamilton are that current "invincibles" group with Bottas/Ricciardo/Kvyat waiting their turn and the jaded bunch of Perez, Grosjean, Hulkenberg, Massa, etc representing Berger, Patrese and the like - sometimes good, but overall fairly average. God knows where Raikkonen fits in, I guess it depends on how you view him. Button likewise.
The only driver that I could think of comparing Kimi to from that era would be Alboreto - a driver whose competitiveness flourished at the start of his career, followed by a protracted period where, despite flashes of brilliance, he could never quite regain the peak in performance that he achieved at the time of his championship challenge.
As you say, right now we are in a situation where Hamilton and Vettel have placed themselves in the best strategic positions - being in the two strongest teams and having established a dominant position within those teams by outperforming their team mates - and are therefore best placed to compete for the title for the next few years.
The only thing that I can see coming up in the next few years which could potentially significantly alter that dynamic would be the proposal to overhaul the regulations for 2017 - if the changes are as significant as planned, then that could potentially bring Red Bull back into play.