^ It looks like you have no proof to say that Lotus has no real pace. The burden of proof is on you. You can't say they have done only less-stop races, no indications, so it must not be there. Lack of indication does not mean lack of existence. Kimi said in Australia that he could have pushed more. He again said yesterday that if they had switched to 4-stops they could have also posted much quicker lap times. He said they could have done both. Cars that have better race pace have always looked like that. It does not mean they don't have pace. It depend on what you define by pace. I define pace as the time and order at which you finish the race. I could define pace as the order and closeness in which you are in the rankings. Any other form of pace is useless, just like Mercedes'.
Race pace is difficult to define, it has got nothing to do with finishing order, or the order of the WCC. Mclaren was overall the fastest car last season and that didn't help them to win the WCC, although it does tend to even out over a season. It is plainly about being fast in the race, and realistic potential to win. I am not saying Lotus is slow either, I am just saying that they dont have the outright pace to compare against Ferrari or Red Bull, although with Red Bull it also seem to be a track depended issue. Australia was the only place where Lotus showed real pace, and that was 3 months ago, Australia also tend to be a bit of a specialist track. Things evolve with different updates and tracks.
I ve given my reasons as to why I make this statement:
The only place where they showed real pace was in Australia, as Kimi was able to post the fastest lap of the race on old tyres. They did a three stop strategy in China, and Kimi had the front wing damage so we dont know how much of an effect that had, but he just didn't have the pace of Ferrari. In Bahrain Grosjean did well and he did a 3 stop strategy and he had nowhere the near the pace of Red Bull.
The 3 - 4 laps directly after a pitstop is when drivers push the most and when their tyres are at their best. When you compare these times in Barcelona of Kimi against Massa and Alonso and even some other teams, then you can see that Lotus just weren't as fast as others in those conditions.
But you can also read James Allen's race strategy report for Spain, if you feel so inclined:http://www.jamesalle...ntreal-onwards/
Why not rather address my reasons instead of just stating I need to prove something? It is not a matter of proof, otherwise I could just point out the obvious that Lotus has won less races then Ferrari and Red Bull, it is merely my personal opinion.
Edited by intelligentsia, 15 May 2013 - 00:47.