The "more often than not" remains to be seen... Malaysia, China, and Bahrein (without the safety car)
Nonsense, Nico was easily as fast as Lewis in Bahrain, probably a few tenths faster overall.
Let's look at the facts;
1. Rosberg out-qualified Hamilton by 0.279 seconds on Saturday. Hamilton got the better start and leapfrogged Rosberg.
2. Rosberg consistently stuck within 1.5 seconds of Hamilton for the first 15 laps or so.
3. Hamilton's tyres went off before Rosberg's, and they had a great tussle for the lead which Lewis won.
4. Lewis had to push his tyres harder to maintain the same pace as Nico. This would imply that Lewis had less pace overall.
5. Hamilton was given a 6.0 second undercut by pitting several laps before Rosberg. Lewis went on the option tyres, Nico on the primes.
6. The gap increased from 6.0 to 10.0 seconds in the next 20 laps (from lap 21 to lap 40).
7. This means that Rosberg was only losing an average of 0.20 seconds/lap on the prime tyres, which are typically significantly slower.
8. When the safety car came out, Rosberg was right on Hamilton's gearbox with the better tyre, and Lewis well well to defend the win.
What conclusions can we take from that?
1. Did Lewis have a better start than Nico in Bahrain? Yes
2. Did Lewis have better wheel-to-wheel race craft than Nico in Bahrain? Yes.
3. Did Lewis have more raw pace than Nico in Bahrain? No chance.
Even Hamilton himself said that Rosberg was faster in Sakhir. No doubt Lewis deserved the win, he out-drove Nico fair and square, but to deny that Nico had the pace to live with Lewis in Bahrain is beyond laughable.
If anything, we should be questioning if Lewis would have had the pace to keep up with Nico in Bahrain if Nico reached Turn 1 first.
Edited by Kingshark, 02 June 2014 - 03:57.