But this is a constant problem with Kimi. He always has trouble in getting the tyres in their operating window... In fact, the only time I can remember when he didn't was on the Michelins and even then there was a season where he had difficulty and it was said it was because the car was too easy on the tyres. I call BS! It happened at Ferrari and it is happening now again. When the car has been capable Grosjean has stuck it at the sharp end numerous times so the tyre issues cannot be that bad.
Kimi is certainly a fast driver but in the above sense he is weak.
How do you know this is Kimi's weakness? Every driver have their weakness. Alonso hasnt been a great qualifier either, has he ? Vettel and Lewis stand out in qualifying, and that propels to the fact that they are better in heating up the tyres for one lap pace. Go back and watch 2011 once again and notice the difference between Button and Lewis. Lewis was consistently faster than Button, was outpaced in the races however, and this is not only races where he botched up, there are races like monza and suzuka where he was flattered by Button.
The fact is that every driver sets up the car according to thier strenthgts and weakness. Kimi doesnt emphasise on one lap pace in quali coz he sets up his car for the race. And he has ben proved right this season. Just look at Bahrain and the last race, and you will realise that he is outpacing Romain convincingly. So its not hunky dory to qualify at the front and have supreme one lap pace. Prost had few poles as compared to Ayrton, but they were equally matched in races in 1988-1989.
You dont win points to one lap pace in qualy and heating up tyres. I hope you now this much.
Also, watch 2005 and see is performance in qualy. A typical scenario is like this:
Engine blows up in practice. The lad fuels heavily for qualy. The lad puts it on pole, or a top 2. Then he starts 11th or 12th. Mind you, he is the heaviest car at the track. And ends up at the podium. If that is not qualy greatness, then nothing else is. And please dont come back with the argument that he had the fastest car in 2005. Fastest car, but also the heaviest, heavier to avoid one stop. And you dont sit on pole without having the fastest car. But to sit on pole with huge tank of fuel is something remarkable
Edited by DonaldDuck, 23 August 2012 - 15:02.