They are not poor, I just do not think they are as good as Lewis/Vettel.in one lap pace.
Lewis in his rookie year out qualified Alonso in the same car. I think Kimi has lost a step since 2005-2007, its just an age thing, all his over skills seem to be in order.
I can maybe agree that if they were in the RB/Merc we would have more proof on where they stand,though.
Similarly Hamilton and Vettel may not be as good Raikkonen and Alonso in races. Hamilton himself has admitted today that he has gone for a more quali-centered set-up compared to his teammate and that his teammate may have better pace tomorrow. We will see if Hamilton's decision is right tomorrow.
Does age catch up with only the pace of the first lap and not the subsequent long series of laps?