Without trying to get into a big driver vs driver discussion.. in 2010 Vettel had unreliability yes, but there was also the team favouritism tihng to sort of even it out. I followed every race very closely watching live timing and following strategies so I'm not just throwing that around as an excuse. Where as in 2011, there was no excuse for Webber. He simply wasn't good enough, so there was nothing for the team to do.. the pressure was off them. There was on exception, Silverstone? But that was RARE in 2011, where as in 2010 that was a common thing..
Think about how micro managed F1 is, the setups, the strategies, what the drivers say.. everything. Redbull had alot of work to do in 2010 to keep both drivers happy. What I remember from 2010 was many times where Webber was behind, but had the pace but had to "hold station" where as you had Turkey for example where Vettel was behind but expected to attack. Look at Monza for example.. Vettel leapfrogged Webber with great strategy. The main time I can remember this happening for Webber was Hungary but that was ONLY because of Vettel's blunder/SC penalty. When you have two cars of equal pace, things like the start, qualifying and the strategy are the main things.. and this was pre DRS.
.. everyone talks about Turkey but there was quite a few times Webber got jipped on strategy.. for example being given a strategy that favours pace at the END of the race.. yet not being given the chance to attack in order to take advantage of it.
In 2011, no excuses he simply wasn't good enough to put pressure on the team in that way, and Vettel wiped the floor with he and everyone else. I payed little attention to Redbull strategies last season relative to 2010, simply because there was no point. It was the Vettel show aka Schumacher show.
And to get onto the topic of this years car, yeah it looks great. Good start so far. Who would have thought back in 2008, that we would be looking at a 4th consecutive year of Redbull being the car to beat.
Poor McLaren and Ferrari (NOT)