Well, the tyre argument is a weird one alltogether. Last year there were several really vocal Lewis fans basically declaring the result of the season void and Formula One overall a charade because the tyres seemed to be suit Jenson apparently a bit more than Lewis. By suiting more I mean that they performed overall equally over the stint but sometimes Jenson was able to stretch the stint about two laps longer. Apparently because Lewis tended to make a gap of 7 seconds early in a stint that Jenson would subsequently close late in the stint meant that Lewis was 7 secons quicker but tyres were shit.
Now this year when the problem is not making the tyres last but to get them to a particular temperature window - which appears to be ludicrously small - and get both front and bottom tyres there appears to need a certain way of driving the car, which happens to suit Lewis but doesn't Jenson, those same guys are never to be seen in calling this years result as void. No, they are close to maintaining that the performance gulf in the worst parts of this season for JB is the only time we have ever seen the true gap between those two drivers.
Yeah, I can see how that sort of reasoning could be annoying for a JB fan
Although I think the 7 seconds thing is not necessarily representative and perhaps based on Hungary.
Absolutely Rob, but no one ever questioned Lewis' pace, even last year.
Jenson had the advantage in tyre management last year and Lewis has this year, fair play. The effects have been that little bit more profound for Jenson this year
Totally agree with your assessment of pace differential.
Without wanting to create disagreement where we have relevant harmony (
) and I don't even know if Jenson had an advantage over the course of the season, or one large enough to overcome quali difference anyway. Even Hungary we didn't get to see how it would play out, albeit lewis's use of the tyres probably led to macca making the wrong tyre choice as a couple more laps they would have probably made a different decision.
He definitely had the advantage in some races but then so did lewis in several races, lewis and mclaren's mutual clusterfucking makes it difficult to compare the effect of race pace/tyre usage (as opposed to driving performances where lewis's part of the clusterfucking, which was the majority, obviously is pertinent).
On the other hand I guess you could argue that the tyres this year were more of a lottery than last.
Regarding quali/race pace, it would be fun to somehow reverse their qualifying positions and see where they end up.