a) No, it really isn't. That is just a case of you choosing to interpret a message in a way that fits your view. Looking at it dispassionately the message is just two sentences each of which contains a statement of fact. Lewis received several messages telling how fast/slow he was compared to cars around him during the course of the race.
b) So now we have radio messages with target times which FOM are not broadcasting? Really?
c) Isn't that a contradiction? We are to believe that the teams need to keep things quiet but we have two drivers from one team (which has had consistent problems in terms of tyre management since the start of 2011) who have chosen to break the silence. Isn't Mercedes don't like these tyres a far more rational explanation?
To each his own, as you say but you are still left with the problem of explaining
a) How a field which is separated by less than 1.5 seconds per lap in terms of qualifying pace (if we exclude the 3 'new' teams) does not run nose to tail for the full race distance if the fastest cars are running to a target/delta which is multiple seconds slower than the cars' capability. There are rational explanations as to why there is a difference between the fastest/slowest cars' respective qualifying and race pace (which we also saw in 2010) which relate to the lack refuelling
b) How some drivers consistently outpace and beat their team mates.
You are forgetting something...that the tires hit the cliff/degrade about the same for McLaren as they do for HRT so each car's speed is irrelevant to the life and the performance of the tire,the only difference is that..
Mac's delta is: Four stints:1:41.917,1:42.632,1:42.215,1:39.385 Average lap:1:41.228
And HRT's is: Four stints: 1:46.189,1:45.898,1:45.913,1:43.7171: Average lap:1:45.276
Both PDR and LH pitted 3times and around the same laps,so there's no question that the tires pretty much perform the same way for both HRT and Mac regardless of how better the Mac is,how much faster or that it has more DF,grip and world class drivers.
So going by those times you can easily conclude PDR is as good as LH since there's no relative difference given the cars they drive ;)
As you can clearly see the consistency in times difference is almost identical,
So the only logical conclusion is they're all driving within a delta which is not the same for every team speed/time wise but it's equal on all else.Tires behaving equally for almost every team and whether the driver is LH or PDR no difference can be made.
The Bridgestones had no such characteristics,they could be pushed different ways and car&driver made the difference on how they performed.
Now neither the car nor the driver makes a difference, the new tires last the same for all 12 teams and 24 drivers,it is only by sheer luck of either setup,temperature/track changes that we're seeing every week a new winner,a new team get to the top.
Tires behaving equally for almost every team and whether the driver is LH or PDR no difference can be made.
Just say the tire dictates the race the car and the driver and that's what Schu means by not being able to push outside the Delta that the Pirellis allow.