Yes, MSC has driven great this year, and his points do not account for it. Luck favors the....
Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton has given an interesting perspective on how to deal with tires:
Interessanterweise differenziert Hamilton beim Thema Reifen: "Meinen Spaß habe ich in der Qualifikation. Das Rennen ist ein ganz anderer Wettbewerb. Da muss ich die Balance zwischen Attacke und Defensive finden. Der Schlüssel ist ganz klar, die Reifen am Leben zu halten. Ich habe damit kein Problem."
Laut Hamilton spielt der Fahrer in der Disziplin "Fahren wie auf rohen Eiern" die entscheidende Rolle. "Das Verhältnis Fahrer zum Auto und dem Setup liegt bei 60 zu 40. Natürlich fällt es mir schwer, mit einem übersteuernden Auto die Hinterreifen zu schonen. Aber der Fahrer hat einen rechten Fuß. Und der kann die Reifen am meisten zerstören."
(Taken from AMuS http://www.auto-moto...n-4918305.html)
Lewis Hamilton: "I have my fun in qualifying. The race is an altogether different competition. There I must find a balance between attack and defense. The key is quite clear, to keep the tires alive. I have no problem with that."....
"The relationship between driver to car and to set up is at 60 to 40. Of course it is difficult to preserve the rear tires with an oversteering car. But the driver has a right foot. And it can destroy the tire the most."
Interesting, I would say - hotshot Lewis has wisened up, while Michael still laments. Yes, it is the right foot of the driver that in the end destroys the tire or keeps it alive. For that matter, please also have a look into the "Windsor on Villeneuve" thread, where Mark Hughes brings up interesting points about preserving tires while still driving as hot as Villeneuve did.
Schumacher obviously is not in agreement, he wants tires tailored to his needs, as he was used to for many years.
Hamilton is right...drivers wanted challenge so I think preserving the pirellis and understanding how you can make them work to your advantage is the key. The last few years, we are complaining because cars have been designed in such a way that the driver does not to do anything else but to drive them as fast as they could..not it's different and driver is now putting more input when driving and not just drive fast.
For me, this is a lot more interesting than before...forget about processional races..faster drivers stuck behind slower car and can not do anything to get pass..quali position almost always determine race results..and drivers with the fastest car is almost guaranteed to get pole and win.....
Edited by jbarokF1, 11 May 2012 - 15:53.