He did outqualify him 10-7.
Only furthers my point. Lewis can be slower in normal race, as long as he's more consistent, and keeps outqualifying Button. Looking at race pace, I think so far Button was stronger, but Button does have these weekends where he has troubles with extracting pace from car more often than Lewis.
The key is to get the most performance out of the tyres while making them last. The driver can make the difference, just as it should be, it's not as if they have a chip integrated which says "cliff at lap 15". If driver A reaches the cliff at lap 14 and driver B on lap 16, the latter has the advantage obviously. That's what will decide the dry races and there's nothing at all wrong with it.
I cannot believe I agree with as65p
If one driver is really faster than other then he can either opt for a one stop more strategy, or he can create gap large enough in those 14 laps as65p mentions that this gap won't be annihilated by driving 2 laps with bad tyres. I have always claimed that myth about Lewis Hamilton not being good at tyre managament is BS, and this is precisely because you cannot decouple tyre managament from pace.
If Lewis was really faster than Jenson this season, it would show in those 14 laps.
Edited by velgajski1, 18 April 2012 - 17:20.