Sebastian Vettel and his Red Bull aside, the star of this Formula One season has been Pirelli for being brave sufficient to provide teams with tires that wear out cleverly something easier said than done. No offense intended, but Vettel has sucked the expectancy out of the driver's championship by being so triumphant.
Starting on pole for 11 of the 14 races and winning nine of them, he has left only crumbs for everyone else. Since Vettel needs just one more point to do it, you can all but bet the house that the young German will win the world title in Japan next weekend, efficiently making dead-rubbers of the last four races in Korea, India, Abu Dhabi and Brazil.
The easier and debatably safer path for the Italian manufacturer would have been to supply F1 with tires that just ran on and on, that wouldn't lose grip and tempo, wouldn't need changing in a race. After all, who wants to be associated with a product that doesn't last? Instead, at risk of staining its repute with potentially bad publicity, Pirelli accepted the challenge of delivering tires that would wear out after roughly 10 or 20 laps.