Omegablue wrote:Wow, awesome write up. And thanks!
Yes, Ferrari have improved, but the car still struggled accelerating out of fast corners. Slow corners doesn't have an issue, so Monaco along with Alonso's skill doe's raise the expectations.
Though, as you stated, Hamilton gave half a second during qualifying. And if Lewis kept the pole he would have easily won it. He only came eighth as he had to climb up the field, and as stated by the commentators, the dirty air from traffic tends to eat up the tyres.
To clearly measure Ferrari's improvement, we need to see what another driver can do with the car. As you said, Alonso is one of the best, and if he has a decent car then he wouldn't have issues getting pole and leading to the end. Which means the present Ferrari isn't good enough... yet.
As for Massa, we can't blame his weak qualifying for his final race position. Something else is obviously wrong there, and really hope he's not a reflection of the car's true performance.
I think by Canada, Ferrari's next set of upgrades can better assess if they're successfully improving or not.
And for Button, well I think he got too over confident after Australia. That comment of his that it's 2009 all over again could very well be a sign of it. And maybe he relaxed a bit too much mentality, and now he's cracking?
I dont think Jensons cracking mentally, he just isn't that good. I mean, Australia was a simple and great drive. Everything was suiting him. Malaysia, his infamous drying track skill was nowhere. He hit kathikeyan on what, lap 17, and the other 40 laps he was abysmal and miles off the pace. China he wasn't that good, bahrain he was dismal, Catalunya he was dismal.
We all know why he beat lewis last year; Because he kept crashing out and throwing points away. Jenson doesn't have the ability to drive around problems. He cant cope with it. Everytime he fails its, tyres and this and that. When he wins i've noticed he always says 'we were having abit of problems with the tyres but we managed it' or something like that, asif he is making out it was such a hard win and he was fighting the car as it was so bad and he beat the car into submission.
I still say Jensons just a great driver, nothing special. Take 2009; when he was winning he was flawless. Soon as the car wasn't so dominant, he was performing quite poor.