Has to be said that the top 5 at the current time are Vettel, Alonso, Raikkonen, Button and Hulkenberg, when looking at what they’ve done over the season in what they have. Mercedes could have a driver there but have tried to cater for both drivers and hence performance has fluctuated between both and points dropped when strategy goes awry. But since the change in tyres, the lead driver for Lotus has arguably been Grosjean, whose performance on 2012 compounds is strong (they suit his style better, Kimi’s worse).
Kimi will do very well next year – it’s a thinking man’s game, and possibly occurrences like the 2013 Australian GP are more likely to happen. Tyres could be harder next year though. But there will be more engine and ers management, and race-craft will matter more.
Today’s problems were down to Lotus pitting him too early for mediums, lap 9/10, thus committing to a 2 stop and then going back towards a one stop, in addition to a slow pit stop. Lotus could have had a double podium today – with Grosjean not going out in Q1. But Grosjean was better on tyres, and ahead all weekend, so Kimi might still have succumbed to Rosberg near the end, or likely Alonso if he had gone S-M-M.
So, Ferrari will have a strong and experienced driver line up, they just have to make sure they don’t balls up the car or the engine. And fix that god-damn wind tunnel already! Ferrari will be sorted for drivers in the future: Vettel or Hulkenberg, and Bianchi, or Marciello or Fuoco who are coming up through the junior ranks and winning everything in sight (both Italian as well).