It's unfortunate that such factual inaccuracies are accepted as the truth
Hamilton did one more lap in Monaco (he was heavier) and one more lap in the US. The rest of the season they did exactly the same number of laps in qualifying, except for France and Nurburgring where they had mechanical issues. There was no need for this ficticious alternation of 'extra laps' as the extra lap was only ever goverened by track length, and was only crucial in Hungary.
Oh, but it isn't the number of laps that count, but when they are made, as they couldn't pit simultaneously or one of them would lose number of laps. For example, at Fuji, they did the same number of laps, but with the green color meaning lap with new tyres:http://www.fia.com/r...ap_Times_07.pdf
Hamilton got the 'extra one', and that less than one tenth difference came from that. Which then in the race meant a lot, since visibility was only good for the first placed car.
It is indeed unfortunate that such factual inaccuracies are accepted as the truth. The 'extra lap count' stays: 5 to 1. And again, that's far from the self-proclaimed equality.
was only crucial in Hungary.
Also, it was crucial everywhere, as McLaren decided that whoever was in front in the races (where you couldn't overtake as there was no DRS) would get the best strategy. Effectively, if you qualify in front, you end the race in front.
Edit: Anyway, there's a thread for discussing this...
Edited by prty, 28 April 2012 - 14:02.