Where was Kimi's raw pace against Massa (remember, Kimi was thought of as having the most "raw pace" in F1 when he left McLaren).
With hindsight we can say his raw pace diluted quite a bit the moment he signed that obscene contract with Ferrari. I'd say both Lewis and Jenson still have the fire burning in them, neither is in the cruise-and-collect-paycheck aka 'Villeneuve' mode.
Where was Fernando's against Lewis?
What about Fernando and Lewis? They were the most competetive driver pairing in years! Both were quick, both have great pace. Quite different from the situation at Brawn in 2009 where Jenson was paired next to a decomposing Rubens.
What will determine the winner between Button and Hamilton this year isn't "raw pace" at all - it will be circumstances.
tkulla this is very thoughtful of you, laying the foundation for future excuses before the season has started.
'Jenson Button in 2010: A Victim of Circumstances.'
If the car suits Button well and he gets some early momentum he's going to be almost impossible to beat.
Adapting to the car and setting it up is part of the job, the car will not be built to please one driver over the other rather for outright pace. We'll see who does the better job.
It is not that I consider it 'impossible' for Jenson to be quicker than Lewis, just very unlikely. No point in carrying forward with this discussion since this is just our feelings, and the only thing that matters is results. Cannot wait for the racing to begin.