He did indeed, but you have to admit he was less aggressive than JB and that's something that has changed since 2010. In the past, Lewis starting behind Jenson was not a problem for Lewis because you kinda felt he would outhustle Jenson, all other things being equal. It now seems Lewis is playing catch-up; trying to stay with Jenson instead of looking to pass and pull away.
I don't buy that and as pointed out many of Lewis' overtakes were outside of the DRS zones under breaking, and then you had his attempt on MW starting into turn 1, and finishing out of Turn 9 (When Mark went wide)
Yes it is a matter of Lewis playing catch up, but of the past three races this had been down to :
Poor launch controls in Oz
A terrible pit stop putting JB ahead in Malaysia
And a grid penalty putting him behind JB.
All nullifying Lewis qualifying advantage
JB's consistently fast race pace is one of his biggest assets and is nearly identical to Lewis' in most races, in those circumstances its no surprise that Lewis is unable to close the gap, and is unable attempt to pass we saw this in 2010 and a few times in 2011 when they were running together. It's also why imo had these not happened then JB would have found it very hard to pass Lewis and its almost probably Lewis would have kept position. In Bahrain which requires good straight line speed and traction I expect Mercedes to be strong again, and hopefully Lewis will be able to utilise his qualifying advantage more effectively especially if the grid is so tight again.
You have to understand that some of us LH fans are going to find it hard to come to terms with JB's exceptional driving, there really is nothing between those guys. Lewis now needs every single advantage that he can get just to be in front of JB and really, all that is left is two tenths in qualy.
Edited by Kvothe, 15 April 2012 - 19:08.