“We’re pursuing an aggressive design this year”
Williams are probably the most guilty of this. They claim that they’ll be making an aggressive/innovative/bold/daring/adjective design, but what they usually produce is something rather conservative. If anybody has a bold design philosophy, it’s McLaren – after all, they invented the F-duct. And Red Bull might be able to claim a bold design, but not anybody else.
Clearly this is entirely coincidental, and we armchair enthusiasts were well aware, from watching him race in 2008, how easy he was on his tyres.
Watch some of his pre-2009 stuff, particularly around 2004. He actually is, and always has been, very gentle on his tyres. The problem in 2008 was that the Honda was so bad it bent the laws of physics.
BBC banging on about British drivers, that’s bias!
They’re British commentators. It’s entirely understandable if they’re interested in what and how the British drivers do. A lot of national broadcasters supply their own commentary, especially in non English-speaking nations. If you want bias, listen to the Australian commentary some time. I still remember Greg Rust being so furious with Adrian Sutil for accidentally blocking Webber in qualifying at Bahrain one time that he kept trying to lead Peter Windsor into saying that Sutil’s racing licence was being suspended for it. To his credit, Windsor didn’t bite.