Do you want to take a look back at races when JB felt he had a car under him? Would you like to revisit those results? I think if any driver is comfortable in a certain car, they would extract a bit of performance out of it. No way of knowing what JB could do in this car, unless he sits in it. When he was comfortable with the car in 2012... at Oz he was spectacular, and so was at Spa. He was good at other tracks (Malaysia etc.) too, but mistakes cost him a fair bit. He wasn't so bad in either 2010 or 2011 as well..
2011 he was superb, he was outright a better driver than Lewis in the second half. 2010 he was outclassed by Lewis, other than in mixed conditions. In straight fights, Lewis would beat the vast majority of the time, hence why Lewis was ahead 10-4 in 2 car finishes that year.
Schumi was indeed stronger in 2012, and should have beaten Nico if luck was even (Schumi was ahead 7-3 in 2 car finishes, but Nico scored points when their was more pace in the car). However, I am judging Nico and Jenson on their common opponent. Even in 2011, Lewis beat Jenson in qualifying 13-6, and in 2 car finishes in was 7-7. It becomes clear that Lewis was the quicker driver over the 3 years over Jenson. In 2013, Nico in pure pace was closer to Lewis than Jenson was in 2011, (11-8 in qualifying, and 8-8 in 2 car finishes).
Jenson did not have the "car under him" often enough to convince me that he is faster than Nico. I concede Jenson is more well rounded than Nico (better in mixed conditions and underrated in general), but in terms of pure pace, I think Nico is quicker.
Edited by sennafan24, 17 May 2014 - 19:37.