I know this has been said a million times already in different threads regarding this subject, but I will try to make it simple, again:
Tyre management in the 80s (or whenever) NOT EQUAL to delta driving in 2012. Yes drivers had to manage tyres in the past but only if they went outside the stint window. If the tyres were designed for 20 laps, they could drive at close to 100% for those 20 laps. If for some reason they changed strategy or whatever and wanted to go longer on those same tyres, of course they had to start managing and the tyres could not be pushed at 100% anymore. But they DID NOT have to drive to a delta from the beginning of their stint or refrain from trying to catch the car in front or get only one chance at attacking. Also, tyres now CAN be made better if only there was the decision to do it.
Demanding a change in these tyres DOES NOT MEAN we want to go back to the refueling era, which was worse than this. It simply means we want drivers to be able to drive at their maximum, be it with a soft for 15 laps, a medium for 25, a hard for 35 or a super hard for the whole race. Of course the max. for these compounds would be different but the drivers would be allowed to push and fight on track. Is only a minor tweak needed for this? Maybe, but then FIA, Pirelli, whoever, do it. Give 3 or 4 different compounds per race, increase the tyre allotment, eliminate the park ferme rule and the mandatory use of 2 compounds. Drivers will do the rest.
Don't be fooled by the headlines: "Different winners", "Cars separated by less than 1 second", etc. Are these legitimate? Are these the result of great on-track battles? If so great! But so far I have not seen evidence to believe that. Kimi not being able to fight Vettel, Alonso not being able to fight Maldonado, Hamilton not being able to fight Alonso. et. al. Or, as many forumers have already said, is this closeness a result of some teams being handicapped? At the end of the day, I don't care if 5 drivers go to the end of the championship separated by 3 points if there are no real duels on track.
It's not as bad as some people think, but it certainly is not so good as some F1 stakeholders want to make us believe.
I shook my head at Hamilton's comment. Talent stunted.