I find it ironic that you take one specific stat where Lewis clearly has a superiority over Jenson and then create a whole worldview according to which said stat is the be all and end all most important stat. Also giving us a nice flashback to the same time 3 years ago when people with similar views were expressing opinions such as "Button will make Kovalainen look good". I can only take small solace that SOME air has been left out from the inflated opinion of Lewis against Jenson during those last 3 years.
Listen mate, I didn't mean to ruffle your feathers no need to be take it personal. I was looking at their qualification stat between each other and in no way did I mention in my post that it was quantifying anything. I just wanted to see how Perez will fare against Button next season and if this will be give an insight into LH supposed (Fastest qualifier)
Pole position is not the be all of F1 driver performance but it does play a significant role. In fact my opinion is that it plays the single largest contributing factor towards race wins.It could be argued that qualifying is not as important as it once was with KERS, DRS and Pirelli tyres. And that is correct up to a point, but it still holds an importance. In fourteen Grands Prix so far in 2012 eight (57%) have been won from pole. If you look at DNFs of certain drivers (Most notably Vettel in Valencia and Hamilton in Singapore) the stats could be much higher and would have been about 72%.
Qualifying remains vitally important at some tracks such as Monaco where overtaking is extremely difficult. Think back to the Hungarian Grand Prix back in the summer. Hamilton qualified on pole and having kept the lead at the start was able to hold the faster Lotuses at bay to take victory.
There’s also the advantage of drivers being able to better manage their tyres in clean air, something you’re less likely to find if you haven’t qualified on pole.
The mercedes is supposedly not a very good car, at least many consider it not to be at par with the Lotuses, Bulls, MClarens and Ferraris. Yet Rosberg has managed to outqualify Button this season on 6 occassions and I believe this indirectly reflects in the result and points garnered by both drivers (Rosberg on 93 and Jenson on 119) I would expect it the gap to be slightly larger but I think the fact that Rosberg has started ahead of Button 6 occassions contributes to there being less of a gap because I believe the McLaren is definitely superior to the mercedes right now.
So Yes I made a reference to Qualifying and one lap pace but it was not a slight on Jenson. its my personal opinion that I view it as the largest single contributing factor a driver can bring to the table that gives more of an advantage towards race wins that any other thing.
So apologies if thought I was criticizing button.....my statement though referring to one lap pace was not a critic of him but rather to see how well Perez would compare as I personally believe that one lap pace is the single largest contributor towards fnishing ahead of a competitor in a car with similar performance.