Downforce is the weakest aspect.
22.9 first sector for a 1.20.8 is below par.
27.6 final sector I believe is very good.
I am comparing this to 2011 S1 times. Red bull and Alonso did 22.6. back then, with slower overall lap times.(Alonso didn't have off throttle ebd)
How do you know sector times?
And yes, 2011 cars had way more aggressive EBDs/engine mapping than in 2012/2013.
Also, McLaren, which had probably the 2nd best car in qualifying and the equal best car in that race, did an awful S1 - Hamilton did 23.1 (half a second down on Alonso / Vettel) - does it mean the 2011 McLaren had bad aero? They had the second fastest S2 and S3.
Compared to 2012, Hamilton did a 22.6 with last year's car. A 27.9 by Hamilton would tie Schumacher's S1 last year. On the other hand, 27.6 in S3 is extremely quick (Hamilton did 28.3 in 2012 and Webber did 27.8 in 2011 with a fully-fledged EBD).
Edited by slmk, 03 March 2013 - 00:41.