Ok you can’t look too much into Malaysia what with the 6.9 second pit stop but Jenson kept those tyres going so well. Whereas Hamilton just couldn’t do anything with them, I feel although Lewis may be “smoother” behind the wheel than he used to be his aggressive style doesn’t suit the tyres.
If we get a dry race in China we should get a good gauge of how well Jenson can keep the tyres even if he doesn’t have the pure speed of Lewis. It’s like he said, you can lose 5 seconds a lap (Really?) if you shoot your tyres to quickly.
So what do you think, will it be a consistent theme of Jenson playing it cool and getting the jump on Lewis later in the race? Or will Lewis’s pace dig him out of it?
IMHO they’ve always been pretty even as they are both fast at different stages of the race. Hamilton has the edge in qualifying, but on a day like today when looking after the tyres is important Button has the edge.
Can I bring my stat out again? Pretty please? 16-3 on pace last year?
I think today was a pretty strange day for Hamilton, even on the slower tyres he was lapping at Jenson’s pace when he was on the softs, it’s just the mysterious fourth stint where it all went wrong. Button said he kept adjusting the front wing and actually said the car felt better on the hards which may be down to set-up more than driving styles, etc.
I have a sneaky feeling today that Hamilton was asked to save the tyres but saved them “too much”, not enough heat went in and they started to go off anyway. It happened in a manner with button in Korea, he couldn’t get the heat in so they fell off, it was a similar story at Brawn.
I still think Hamilton will beat Button pretty badly this year. Hamilton’s race went a bit awry in the second half of the race due to strategy, I wouldn’t read too much into his performance on the hards with so little evidence.
I think that’s jumping to cocnclusions. Remember, Hamilton has had the beating of Button for every competitive lap of the season until the last few laps of the GP today. Maybe if the trend repeats itself over the next few races we can assume Hamilton has lost his mojo
Nah, I don’t think so. Hamilton’s lap times didn’t seem to be dropping off dramatically as you would expect from someone who is “awful, and ruins their tyres all the time, particularly compared to his super-smooth-silky-shiney, squeaky-clean, glass-like, ice-esque team-mate Button”.
It’s not been uncommon in races gone by for drivers to just not feel as comfortable on a different set of tyres. Factor in a very poor stop for Hamilton, bizarre strategy calls by McLaren and a carbon fibre-shredding touch with Alonso, it’s not really surprising that Button had the beating of him this time.