Prove it. Barcelona S3 is a very good indicator of which cars will be quick around Monaco, except in Monaco, the drivers can do a hell of a lot more of a difference. Hamilton was (IIRC) the quickest through there.
You can’t really compare Monaco with Barcelona. In the Spanish GP, most drivers generally go for a more downforce setup.
Common, Button started 13 and was stuck behind a Caterham for a whole race, who he couldn’t jump in the stops. Do you really think Jenson is that bad? Of course Mclaren were off the pace in Monaco.
It wasn’t a driver error I don’t think – but the start was poor. In the last 12 years IIRC only twice has 3rd place man failed to take P2 off the line – Webber last year and Hamilton this year.
Massa in 2007, Raikkonen in 2006, Webber in 2005. Really? Would you call those starts bad? Apart from Webber’s of course.
Just because Webber has had worse, doesn’t mean what Hamilton had was good.
I never said it was good, but it wasn’t piss poor either.
He had 3 sets of used options – and had he started the race on pole, he would’ve had to start on the set he set pole on – which he started on anyways. Then he had 2 new primes and 1 used prime. So with his 2-stopper, it didn’t affect his strategy in the slightest.
He had no fresh set of tyres. Unlike Button or Vettel, who only finished about 10 seconds ahead of him. That’s the only reason he did a two-stopper, and made it work to begin with.
It wasn’t this year. Name a single corner on the circuit (other than Turn 2, 6, and 8, which are just acceleration zones anyway) outside of Sector 3 where there wasn’t an overtake. Even then Turn 10 saw passing moves. Only Turn 11-16 saw no moves. Every other corner (except for the “corners” I mentioned – didn’t)
Overtaking has always been easier in the DRS, KERS and Pirelli era. That doesn’t change the fact that out of most of the circuits on the calendar, overtaking at Catalunya is rather a chore.
Oh btw, you need to know that I’ve never been a fan of Hamilton and I strongly dislike his incapability to accept that some incidents are his fault. However, this year he’s really proved me wrong.