Posted 09 November 2012 - 09:09
Are all "pitstop overtakes" "lucky now? And it was not even that his pitstop was fast or even normal but slow compared to the other drivers.
Posted 09 November 2012 - 09:10
There's a massive difference between Monaco 2010 and Abu Dhabi 2012. Alonso overtook just 5 cars on-track: Bruno Senna (HRT), Karun Chandhok (HRT), Lucas di Grassi (Virgin), Timo Glock (Virgin) and Heikki Kovalainen (Lotus). Vettel overtoke twice as many backmarkers AND twice as many non-backmarkers in Abu Dhabi.
Massive, indeed. Overtaking in Monaco is almost impossible unless you have a car 4 or 5 seconds faster than the one in front and without DRS. Overtaking in Abu Dhabi, with a +1Km strainght + DRS sounds to me more than reasonable.
Posted 09 November 2012 - 09:32
This paragraph by Adam Cooper sums it up:
A remarkable performance then, but one in which luck also played a major part. Some things may have worked against him, but overall the pieces fell into place, and it's intriguing that the only top-10 qualifiers he physically passed on track were Grosjean and Button, although he was set to slip by Webber when the sister Red Bull pitted. Had it been a dull, processional race with 24 cars at the flag, he would not have got close to third place
Cooper makes a definite statement regarding Seb's race end position, but he is short on analysis how he arrived to such conclusion. I didn't bother with analyses either (instead just enjoying race as it evolved in real time), but I felt that P4 was possible, SC notwithstanding. Admittedly, initially quite pessimistically before race I would have been content with P9 or P8 at best.
Posted 09 November 2012 - 13:31