Yep, fed up of Button apologists. He's not been in the same class as Lewis this year. Button has probably been underperforming by a few tenths, Lewis has been bringing an extra few on top of that, which kind of equals the gap we see between them at the moment.
It's not that Button's problems aren't his own failings, but there are specific reasons
for why he occasionally gets tanked in this way by Hamilton. It's not normal for this to happen.
JB in 2009:
“I hate rear instability on corner entry, it’s not something I can deal with well. If I look at the telemetry and compare what Rubens does in those situations, I can’t do that. If he has rear instability he just throws on a lot of steering lock very suddenly, making the car understeer, and balancing it just right so that by the time the understeer’s reducing you’re into the corner and the transient instability is gone, or has been sort of damped out. I’ve seen it time and time again on the telemetry. When I try to do that, I just lose all feeling for the car; I cannot judge how much to do it by, it just feels so alien.”
If Button was 100% happy with the car as Hamilton is, on average he would only be about 0.1s - 0.150s slower than Hamilton. The biggest difference between them lies more in when JB isn't happy with his car that we see things like today happening. But it's not like he should just 'try harder' or 'get on with it', it just doesn't work like that. He was driving at his own limit today, he was doing the best he could do
. People shouldn't expect anything more of him, he can't just become a less sensitive driver. He's not underperforming
, you'd have to assume that if he was faced with a car imbalance that he'd not fare much better if he had 100 more attempts at the exact same scenario. As I said, he was driving at his own limit today.
Edited by PretentiousBread, 26 May 2012 - 17:13.