Oh yeah that's completely false to judge the performance of the car because of two random qualifying sessions.
1.) In the US Michael used the conda exhaust, had a perfect lap. In the race he was so slow he was eaten alive because he had to carry more than twenty kilos more fuels than his opponents. Add his ability to excel at new tracks.
2.) Brazil is way shorter, as you mentioned, a driver can make a difference, and the times gaps are usually very small. Rosberg is magnificent driver around brazil. Watch his q2 from 2011 and you know what i am talking about.
3.) Nobody said they were not good in qualifying. in fact that was the only positive aspect that year. The main problem was their race pace. So I don't see how this speculation about clawing down some tenth (in qualifying) makes any sense. What Mercedes needs more than speed is a car that doesn't chew their tires in the first laps. A comparison between the cars only on basis of qualifying is not a good idea. In this scenario Ferrari would be down on the 4th or 5th place over the whole season.
First of all I was responding to the poster that said Merc was 1.5 seconds down. I made an assumption that this was in reference to qualifying. Please correct me if am wrong. The chewing of the tyres I heard they attributed to their complex suspension system and placement of their exhaust solution which was heating up the rear tyres. They were basically down about a second and a bit on the top running cars. There was also the issue of the overall downforce which some say helps tyre management.
if they claw this back and stop exhaust from heating the rear tyres, and also their suspension issues (that allegedly affected the tyre management as well) then whats wrong with what I posted.
unless you mean the poster was referring to Merc being down 1.5 secs a lap??
you also mention 20 kilos more fuel than all other cars. does this include force india and McLaren ? cos I am pretty sure they use the same engine . Why would their fuel management or quantity be different from those other 2 teams??? or are they using a different spec engine
Edited by BernieEc, 11 February 2013 - 14:19.