Jenson is easier on the tires, and there will be times when one is faster then the other on inherent pace but I can't see any basis for saying his race pace is faster overall even by a tad. Last year doesn't support that view, and in the races this year, we have Lewis who said he had the wrong front wing in Oz, a wet race in Malaysia where Lewis was faster, but Jenson struggled to get heat into his tires, and China where both were stuck in traffic. All in all far too inconclusive to reach any kind of judgement.
indeed... though I expect it to be very close race pace wise all season.
Because, one thing is certain, the race pace this season is more tire limited than ever. It is super reliant on car setup and right temps... Driving around setup issues and so on is harder than ever without destroying tires or taking them out of their narrow working range which should bring JB closer to LH or even advantage him as he is more experienced overall with dialing in a car just right for conditions.
3 races in and I reckon just about every team on the grid are still frantically trying to understand alot about the cars and how best to use these Pirellis in varying conditons. Things will eventually settle down, but there is little clear trend at the moment.
As for the last race, it was encouraging to see LH side of the garage try something diff. than just waiting for JB to pit while LH tires hit the cliff (when JB is ahead with first dibs on strategy). It may not have worked out great but at least shows his side of the garage are not that shackled or unimaginative whenever he is behind JB on track.
It shouldn't be too often though, LH is finding good consistency in qualy and sooner than later, it will start counting towards been ahead at the first corner.