Is McLaren really 2 secs off the pace? Actually not.
I happened to review the lap times from Australian Grand Prix and compare lap times of Vettel & Kimi with that of Button. While both Red Bull and Lotus are comfortably ahead of McLaren, what comes out of lap times is less than 2 secs gap between them. In fact surprisingly the gap is less than a sec.
To arrive at average difference in lap times, I have not considered following laps:
- Lap 1 of the race
- In and Out lap during pit stop
- Last 5 laps of the race (Button seemed to be cruising after Grosjean's mistake)
Average difference between Vettel and Button's lap time - 0.942 sec
Average difference between Kimi and Button's lap time - 0.882 sec
(Mind you - while overall Vettel had a quicker car, Kimi managed his tires well and hence did one stop less to win the race)
In the images I have highlighted 2 odd times in 1.35 secs and 1 odd time in 1.36 secs which Button completed on laps 2, 3 (was on Super soft which he used & destroyed in qualifying) and 29. If we were to exclude these 3 odd times then the average comes to following:
Average difference between Vettel and Button's lap time - 0.808 sec
Average difference between Kimi and Button's lap time - 0.778 sec
Not all seems to be lost. We could have a better race this weekend.
Edited by damager21, 19 March 2013 - 17:37.