NEW DELHI, March 15 -- This Sunday, Sebastian Vettel might not want to win the Australian Grand Prix. The Ferrari driver won the year's first race in 2017 and 2018, only to lose the title to Lewis Hamilton both times.

F1, a sport that bookmarks performance using microscopically varied numbers, is obsessed with statistics, as racers and viewers learn (and pray) based on data. What Vettel may superstitiously heed is how Michael Schumacher spent five years in red overalls before winning a championship for Ferrari, and 2019 marks year five for the current German - the year he needs to stop making mistakes and shine again.

This invigoration matters because Lewis Hamilton doesn't make mistakes. The Mercedes driver didn't put a tyre wrong in the...