I have the impression that all the thought at Red Bull goes into Seb's setup and strategy.
Webber is often in the position of having to overtake, so his car needs to be set up differently.
I think Mark and his guys are capable of making a good racey setup, they're all experienced and know their way around an F1 car. I also think Mark often gets very good strategies from RBR, often prioritised over Seb (because he's looking after his tyres better, or has a bit in hand the cars he's racing).
My theory is that RBR have a car that gets its best laptime when it's quicker in the start of the straight, and epic through the turns (no surprise there), no doubt Newey and the team come out with a pretty close approximation of the optimal downforce level to get the best laptime before the start of the weekend, and from there it's a bit of tweaking to get each driver tuned in (again no surprise). I suspect, rather than some machiavellian conspiracy by RBR management, or lack of ability on behalf of Marks engineers, it's Mark himself who can't bring himself to go for an "overtaking" strategy.
We can argue the rights and wrongs of going for a slower (laptime) setup in trade of a faster (straights) car all day, but Seb wins races and championships by leading from the front. If Mark says "alright I'm going for this overtaking setup" he's basically admitting he can't beat Seb in a straight fight. He's holding up the white flag, he'll be setting his car to pass people that he shouldn't be behind in the first place, and he knows that.
That might be admirable to some, but I think it's stupid though. Mark needs to play to his strengths, anticipate and mitigate his weaknesses. His weaknesses are being slower than Seb in qually, and crap off the line and timid into the first corner. He sets his car up as though he's Seb over a flyer, and Fernando on the first lap. It's silly. Of all the drivers on the grid I thought Mark might've been one of the few who would man up and do that, but ego seems to be getting in the way.
/Rant. Just IMO from the outside.
Edited by LoudHoward, 05 November 2012 - 00:32.