RasputinLives , my thoughts exactly. Thats why I watch F1 and MotoGP instead of NASCAR. I like that the governing body sets the rules but allows some margin for design and lets the teams say to each other, "we can build a better car/bike than you can".
This year, the car is so superior to every other team's that the WCC is the championship that is a true indicator of the season. IMO, if you had Chilton and Maldonado in the cars, they would be getting wins (although probably not a WDC, since they aren't very good at keeping the plot on the road).
It's not diminishing their ability, but this year, more than in any recent years, the championship winner will be the best Mercedes driver, not the best overall driver. It's not their fault, we know they're both great drivers, but that knowledge is based on past performances. And yes, this happens to an extent in every championship because some cars are better than others. But no car in recent history was as dominant as this Mercedes - maybe Schumacher's best year in Ferrari can compare?