My fault, I thought you were referring to yesterday's qualy, I see your point now.
sure, but that's about today's performance.
I may be mixing things up here (sorry) , it was just a general thought about how good is FA being clearly and constantly faster than FM and Seb being constantly and clearly faster than MW. In any condition and almost every track/tyre combination.
Vettel is having an almost faultless season, but he is not receiving as much credit for it as other drivers who are having a great season (like Alonso) because everybody is discounting the fact that with such a superior car he has an easier task than others. To say it with a graphic example, it is not that the guy cannot overtake, but he needs to do so less frequently than others and then when he does he often is a second per lap faster than the car in front. Jenson Button had the same issue in 2009, and in fact his reputation is getting more of a boost this year than when he won WDC, and it is all down to his car getting most of the credit in 2009, just like Newey's car did in 2010 and now in 2011.
As for the comparison with Webber, I agree that there is a big difference, particularly in qualifying - Vettel has not made a mistake in qualy this year. But people still wonder about why the picture this year is so different from what it was last year, when the difference was not that big, and look for alternative reasons, ranging from the 2011 car being more suited to Vettel's driving style (I have seen this discussed, but cannot give an educated opinion on it) to the wildest conspiracy theories. In Alonso's case, his performance over Massa's has been more consistent, but you will still find people trying to find reasons that go beyond the "Alonso is a better driver"; in this case, those reasons range from Massa having lost it after the accident (despite him having, in my opinion, a good performance with what has been a non-competitive car) to again the wildest conspiracy theories about the Chairman of Santander personally manipulating the Ferrari cars ;)
I think Alonso is a better driver than Vettel. Let's see how Vettel grows as a driver, he is still very young.
Edited by Fontainebleau, 25 September 2011 - 10:40.