scermat wrote:Edit: Double post. sorry
You can discuss the drive-through/25 seconds between you all you want, but I'm fed up with the whole thing.
So I'll pick up on another point, which was your point that Piquet and nakajima are rubbish. They are not rubbish. They're not as good as Lewis, but they did both prove their talent before F1, and confidence is a big thing in F1.
If you haven't got the confidence running high, (confidence is going to be low at the start of a season in a c**p car, the 7th worst car in fact for Piquet) things become a downward spiral until you either get a good result or break down completely. France was ok for Piquet, and you could see that even in the wet, he was a new man at Silverstone, on for a top-5 before he spun off. Germany, though flukey, therefore produced Hungary.
My argument is that if you, like Lewis Hamilton, have a top car all winter, continually set great top times in testing, when your team-mate hasn't driven the car yet, and hasn't gelled with the team yet, and you have, and you get in the groove immediately as the season starts, then confidence runs high, and results follow.
I'm not saying tht's the reason why Hamilton is better than Piquet. He is just better. But the comparison isn't fair between one in a Renault R28, and one in a Mac MP4/23. Ok, granted, Piquet isn't exactly transcending his car like Alonso is, but Alonso is Double WDC material, and Piquet had a hard knocks opening to his F1 career, where Hamilton didn't, and that makes a massive difference.
Nakajima.. Ok, he is very raw indeed. But when things are right, he has the pace, and it's not as if Rosberg is completely pwning him. He got into F1 through talent.