Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Suzuka, 2014

Hamilton’s pure pace proves too much for Rosberg

2014 Japanese Grand Prix lap times and fastest laps

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Suzuka, 2014Lewis Hamilton set the fastest lap of the Japanese Grand Prix on lap 39 – just as the conditions were taking a turn for the worse.

Hamilton had been beaten to pole position by team mate Nico Rosberg it dry conditions on Saturday. But in the rain-hit race Hamilton always seemed to have an answer for his team mate’s pace.

Hamilton passed Rosberg on lap 29. Ten laps later, shortly after taking on a fresh set of intermediate rubber, he set the fastest lap of the race.

From then on he could afford to back off over the following laps, yet still he pulled away from his team mate at up to a second per lap. Hamilton extended his lead over Rosberg by a further ten seconds, even as the rain returned and track conditions began to deteriorate.

The extent to which the rainfall forced the drivers to slow down is clear to see over the following laps: The pace slowed by around 1.3 seconds from lap 39 to 41.

Japanese Grand Prix lap times

All the lap times by the drivers (in seconds, very slow laps excluded):

http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/charts/2014drivercolours.csv

1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526272829303132333435363738394041424344
Nico Rosberg182.649188.879166.773163.979162.527162.356162.027165.191114.11113.134112.607116.222133.308112.551113.041113.675113.7113.488114.002114.303114.238114.192114.732114.43114.642114.527114.281116.164115.245114.77115.095117.444134.248112.886113.207115.406112.88112.926113.309113.708113.699114.883136.083
Lewis Hamilton184.094189.166167.891161.967162.678162.651162.987163.556115.106113.592112.563113.021115.396134.049112.685113.149113.446113.557114.138114.061114.16114.032114.504114.372114.991114.278114.06113.763113.347113.887114.261114.247114.571116.748133.755112.17111.667111.6112.542112.977112.525113.374140.976
Valtteri Bottas184.938190.348167.93162.162163.142162.102162.787164.118119.368120.023138.25116.07115.981115.801115.885116.066117.909117.468116.436116.37116.577116.377115.693115.594115.503115.456115.569115.632115.539115.635115.718115.546115.866116.474116.452117.906119.139135.3114.35114.103115.91133.94146.402
Felipe Massa187.652189.538167.307162.56162.897161.789162.462163.876119.956117.775119.599137.602115.698116.369117.922117.406116.342116.536117.775116.366116.542115.84116.215115.803115.88115.835115.811115.055115.645116.004115.668115.379115.923116.231116.649119.884135.265113.45114.53115.318115.612132.683146.526
Fernando Alonso189.504
Daniel Ricciardo191.285190.92168.457161.872161.966162.184162.625163.324120.4120.132137.755117.355115.924116.092116.742115.16114.766114.63113.708113.237113.013113.145113.137112.819113.576113.149113.472112.958112.763112.699112.92113.237112.986113.368119.35134.626112.231112.491114.303115.166116.103115.931144.703
Kevin Magnussen192.517191.362168.64161.675161.557162.661162.336163.265120.606120.424138.045117.767117.977122.69144.925117.207115.148116.644117.126117.507118.195119.147117.682116.157115.43115.165115.404114.256114.77116.196114.327123.558132.983114.133114.055114.855113.51113.912117.3137.022115.284144.381
Jenson Button195.346190.581168.36161.968161.644162.375162.291165.339137.975115.522114.905114.973114.873114.196114.297114.296113.819114.067114.171114.249114.608114.104113.991113.727113.931114.076113.752113.562114.021117.281138.057111.721113.157113.22114.015114.555114.856113.752114.34115.014120.121135.599150.422
Sebastian Vettel197.003191.493167.563161.602162.295162.94160.718163.202119.814118.228117.511137.453115.952116.256115.643114.434115.373114.158113.677113.607112.998112.923113.404112.89113.675113.74113.629115.455131.522112.191111.915112.323112.853113.1113.475113.851117.593113.299114.074115.182113.965114.578141.793
Kimi Raikkonen201.047190.05165.395162.099162.129163.062160.732162.037120.448121.388138.333116.281117.455119.151116.827116.436116.639116.005116.555116.398116.587119.217145.755113.164115.402115.116115.69115.969115.988116.726116.62115.837120.016134.615112.426112.998112.981114.433117.278115.519116.423139.211
Sergio Perez202.71190.151165.854161.597161.704163.454160.756161.253120.895121.26140.718118.426117.263117.337116.872117.069116.903116.572117.443116.255116.748116.334116.098117.937135.335113.556114.991115.817114.596115.273115.018115.109115.668115.999115.245115.537116.54116.03116.774114.938116.582135.225
Daniil Kvyat203.757191.393165.388162.617161.581162.881161.005160.402120.769122.159139.605116.377116.879117.498117.259117.204116.541116.267116.346116.551116.399118.942135.207114.021114.97116.186115.939115.313115.226115.17115.067115.086115.329115.633115.95115.344116.58118.926139.673115.352116.635137.234
Nico Hulkenberg205.323192.101165.871161.955161.613162.313160.946160.432121.068119.069117.537138.161117.146117.808115.415115.655116.011115.244116.134118.086115.905116.043116.051115.945118.357133.431112.814113.589114.554114.821115.271115.201115.362115.345115.283115.883115.456115.041116.289115.706116.863131.289155.864
Adrian Sutil206.407193.316165.769162.567162.114161.628160.733160.402121.674119.132120.227140.386117.619117.34117.027116.449117.015116.879117.467117.256120.12139.879116.429115.753115.89116.334115.946117.935116.399117.592122.731136.232117.703119.107116.677120.294117.345117.379116.995
Esteban Gutierrez208.209195.06165.779161.745162.071162.123160.207159.886121.994122.455140.482118.475119.806117.999117.221117.223118.654117.632118.458117.098117.053116.384116.391116.199116.368116.582116.397118.126118.832116.81116.47116.832120.413139.745117.577117.818115.672115.505115.372117.448120.266142.085
Romain Grosjean211.231194.442165.246161.759162.249161.715160.548158.972122.742121.593140.231118.183118.714116.518116.506116.92116.756118.537117.237119.551136.065117.022115.548115.731115.371116.066115.302115.672115.753116.854117.462116.611118.962138.428118.028116.643116.284115.963118.081117.138116.776145.87
Marcus Ericsson273.955166.498162.688161.982161.479162.277161.246154.334121.827125.847147.767117.94118.389119.459117.942116.635117.215117.028116.973117.471116.513115.812117.174120.663138.469114.669115.651115.35115.418115.907115.802115.761118.158118.417118.069116.558115.969119.955138.438115.839117.661150.469
Jules Bianchi214.131193.899166.13161.548161.49161.268160.69158.047123.193119.683118.052121.031142.848118.115118.252118.514118.402117.808117.733117.405117.789117.342120.591138.316119.472115.985119.656116.563116.469116.587117.911116.991118.298118.395118.661120.789117.321117.283117.174117.09
Kamui Kobayashi216.255193.952166.267161.851160.901160.738160.721157.704123.231122.313145.107119.04119.321119.067117.908118.215119.129118.039118.391117.704119.516117.482119.965120.026124.819143.021116.167115.641115.644116.074115.819120.225116.718116.506117.02116.662122.948148.235139.512116.127136.988141.615
Jean-Eric Vergne219.316193.533165.001162.169161.274162.504161.475154.329122.828122.309138.635118.031118.509117.949118.153117.977118.139120.378135.505113.622115.884117.892118.013117.258116.179115.155115.318115.622116.268114.583114.832116.31116.106113.562114.1115.4114.178114.469115.053114.777115.66132.568143.195
Max Chilton220.077195.235163.796162.593160.706162.051161.922154.633125.106125.035143.725119.388119.626118.925120.504120.666119.502119.299119.854118.725119.166122.444139.959116.472120.891117.49117.631117.304119.386118.57117.974117.544117.205118.228121.079118.571117.425117.879118.841121.217137.024146.215
Pastor Maldonado222.294202.407162.594162.196160.809162.14161.82156.697140.5123.278118.255116.744118.184118.267118.252117.714118.096118.269116.896116.784119.08135.483115.421118.335114.702115.179115.899115.469115.932116.675115.238117.215115.454115.499115.023114.752116.116115.25118.187144.459118.126144.196

Japanese Grand Prix fastest laps

Each driver’s fastest lap:

RankDriverCarFastest lapGapOn lap
1Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’51.60039
2Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1’51.7210.12133
3Sebastian VettelRed Bull-Renault1’51.9150.31532
4Daniel RicciardoRed Bull-Renault1’52.2310.63138
5Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1’52.4260.82636
6Nico RosbergMercedes1’52.5510.95115
7Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes1’52.8141.21428
8Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes1’53.4501.85039
9Kevin MagnussenMcLaren-Mercedes1’53.5101.91038
10Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes1’53.5561.95627
11Jean-Eric VergneToro Rosso-Renault1’53.5621.96235
12Daniil KvyatToro Rosso-Renault1’54.0212.42125
13Valtteri BottasWilliams-Mercedes1’54.1032.50341
14Marcus EricssonCaterham-Renault1’54.6693.06927
15Pastor MaldonadoLotus-Renault1’54.7023.10226
16Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault1’55.3023.70228
17Esteban GutierrezSauber-Ferrari1’55.3723.77240
18Kamui KobayashiCaterham-Renault1’55.6414.04129
19Adrian SutilSauber-Ferrari1’55.7534.15325
20Jules BianchiMarussia-Ferrari1’55.9854.38527
21Max ChiltonMarussia-Ferrari1’56.4724.87225
22Fernando AlonsoFerrari3’09.50477.9041

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123 comments on “Hamilton’s pure pace proves too much for Rosberg”

  1. Yesterday I noticed there were a couple of occasions where the Red Bulls were the fastest cars on track. Looking at the data, it appears that they were the fastest cars for more than 50% of the race. If they would have had a better qualifying, they might have made it a four-way battle for the win. Let’s hope for some rain at Interlagos and see if that’s actually true!

    1. I think Horner has confirmed that Red Bull had wet weather setup which compromised them in qualifying. Also in race they were unable to get past Williams quickly who were fast on straights.

      Important part was start when Mercedes were 5 sec per lap quicker than all and got 36 second on field before pitting. Which gave them advantage in 2nd part of race

    2. Nope Hamilton was getting held up for 26 laps they would not have come close if Ros was not holding him up as soon as Ham was ahead Vet was only catching Ros untill the mistake. Check Ham pace at end of graph he had alot in hand.

      1. After Hamilton passed Rosberg on lap 29, you can see that, despite being faster than Rosberg, he was not faster than Ricciardo on older tyres. After the final stops Hamilton was indeed faster than both Red Bulls, but Vettel was on much older tyres and Ricciardo was stuck behind Button.

        1. Stuck behind Button? It may have seemed that way, but the final sector JB kept pulling away. Also look at the laps, they were pretty even the whole race and it wasn’t till JB pitted for full wets and the being held up by the safety car for what seemed like an eternity till the safety car finally let him and the Caterham pass. Though it was for naught as the race was red-flagged.

    3. Its very simple isnt it? The Bulls pacw was no match for the real Merc pace. as @Dan said, Hamilton was being held up by Rosberg for 29 laps I think it was. The moment he freed himself of Rosberg, you can see the speed at which he pulled away.

      1. Kudos to NR for ‘holding LH up’ for as long as he did with a very oversteery car. That’s racing right? Lol, ‘holding LH up’ is being made to sound like a bad thing, like some offense toward LH, I guess mainly to LH fans though. It was always up to LH to get past NR, and it took DRS and an oversteery NR for him to do it. Without DRS NR might have defended long enough to get in for better tires and a wing adjustment and/or LH would have harmed his tires more in trying to get past NR.

        1. @robbie

          If’s and buts are completely irrelevant. The facts are that Hamilton was much stronger in the race. His pace was impressive once he got the pass done. I’m not sure how much Rosberg was holding him up in the earlier stages, but I wouldn’t say it was for 29 laps. Rosberg was lapping faster early on, so it does look like Hamilton was watching his pace to keep his tyres fresh. He was held up for a few laps, which was clear when he ran wide into t1 and then was right behind again a few corners later. I’m not having a go at Rosberg, but I saw nothing impressive in his defence. On a wet track there will always be one racing line, so keeping a car behind is made easier. I agree and wouldn’t say “holding him up” is a bad thing at all, but equally I wouldn’t call it impressive.

          1. @f190 Fair comment. The degree of impressiveness might be debatable, and only known by NR and crew, but I wouldn’t agree that there is only one line in the wet. In fact, there are far fewer if any marbles to contend with, and often you see drivers seeking out different lines for different grip levels, including seeking out water if there isn’t enough to prevent inters from overheating for example. And LH was taking far different lines to NR, not to mention the DRS pass on the outside where a pass likely would not have been possible in the dry at that spot. So I think it is the opposite and that more racing lines open up when the track is wet, and in the dry the racing line is bordered by marbles on each side which makes it risky to go off line.

          2. dear friend, the lines of NR were wide because he had oversteer, he said 3 times o more since the begining… and LH had a brakes problem, thats why he lost the track 1 time. LH is not a Super driver, he’s a good driver who got advantage over the slippery car of NR. Just that.

          3. I suppose at one point @roobie being under threat behind was good aswell? Seriously at one point no one can deny Ros did look a little under threat from Vett and Button. Ham as soon as he was past was gone.

            Also it is not that hard being infront Rosberg was taking loads of df away first sector for Hamilton. As soon as Ham was ahead we seen how much he pulled. I was thinkng at one point Ros was just too good through sector 1 but it can’t of been helping Hamilton’s tyres. Ham tryes were in far better shape aswel even in dirty air. Ros was looking fine for 5-8 laps on inters then crumbled all of a sudden.

            And you have to admit his wheel to wheel is bad do you think Hamilton gets took over like that lol. We have seen all we need to know in Hungary Spa Monza and now Suzuka he as cracked. Ah well atleast you can console you’re self cheatborg is still in the race i mean Spa? Haha. Gap would be alot bigger.

        2. @robbie
          We can’t verify Nico’s excuses.

          We just know that Lewis was faster, as he usually is.
          And that overtake was just EPIC!
          Let’s see what happens in the next race.

    4. There are some odd people on here who try to make some really strange arguments for things.

      The fact is Lewis DOMINATED Rosberg. After overtaking Rosberg he was 4 seconds ahead within 2 laps and the gap ended up being massive at several points in the race, of course he is going to struggle to overtake someone in the same car as him on a track that is difficult to overtake on at the best of times in the wet when he is making sure he makes no contact after Rosbergs cock up in Spa. His overall quickest laptime was over a second quicker than Rosberg.

      I’ve said it several times before, Rosberg is NO MATCH for Hamilton on sheer pace, he has to be fair had the measure of Lewis in qualifying several times either through mistakes or whatever but in the race (The bit you actually get points for) We have seen that over and over again this season Lewis has always had the upper hand, the only race that arguably Rosberg had him was Monaco which is unique anyway, Austria he beat Lewis but Lewis was always gaining on him, it wasn’t like Rosberg was just pulling away like we’ve seen Lewis do in so many races this year. Anyone who tries to argue otherwise needs to look at the facts, Rosberg will only win this title if Lewis has reliability problems, wait and see.

      1. And for me the odd thing is to take this one-second disparity in fastest lap times and try to make that sound like it is the norm between these two drivers. It is not. Therefore wet weather races introduce variances that have me hesitating to use them to do true comparisons between drivers overall. And if NR is no match for LH with nearly the same amount of unreliability, then why is LH only 10 points up? Ask LH if he thinks NR is of no concern. No match. Easy peasy.

        1. @robbie

          Hamilton was 1.2 faster in a wet china qualifying ;)

        2. Seriously? Almost the same reliability issues?

          Lewis has had 1 more DNF and 2 starts from the back of the grid/pit lane because of reliability issues in qualifying.

          People seem to forget them when they say reliability is almost equal.

          1. I think both LH and TW both said, after NR’s last dnf, that things were pretty much even. Don’t forget LH caused some of his own grief, and don’t forget NR had a start buggered due to telemetry/radio comm/clutch issues, and he also lost first place in Canada to DR due to the same issue that took LH out of the race.

      2. I’m assuming that wasn’t meant as a reply to my original comment, because that’s not at all what I was implying.

        1. @robbie you miss the point so what Ros could lost 7 pts fact is Ham lost 18. Ham has 1 extra failure and 2 qually problems, gap would be around 25 30 points else.

          1. No the point is that people like to forget that NR also lost points in Canada, and rather prefer to just call Canada a dnf for LH.

          2. @robbie, You’re forgetting that Rosberg would also have lost a lot more points if Hamilton didn’t have DNF’s. It’s not just that Hamilton would have gained points, but Rosberg would have lost some too.

            So Rosberg would hardly gained any points if both Merc drivers had had no technical issues (and no teammates ramming them off). Hamilton would have gained a ton of points though.

            Also you mention Rosberg had some a start telemetry problem. As if that matters. Hamilton did also at Monza and he went on to win the race. Rosberg already had to start way back (because spun off) and in the end made his way back up to 2nd. So it’s not even worth mentioning those incidents. No points difference was the result anyway.

      3. Matthew, if a one second per lap advantage in this race means Lewis DOMINATES and Nico is NO MATCH, what did it mean when Nico pulled away from Lewis by over a second in the first lap?

        Perhaps time differences only count when they’re in Lewis’s favour?

        Or perhaps the explanation that different tyres behave differently and may not have suited one car or driver is not satisfying?

        I’m amazed (and saddened) that sections of the media and many commentators characterise Lewis beating another driver by X margin as “dominating” or similar phrasing but refer to another driver beating him by the same margin as “edging” or “denying” Lewis a victory/pole. It’s a sad lack of objectivity.

        A good example is monza this year: everyone concentrates on Lewis’s performance as being dominant, but ignore the fact that his car was 10km/h faster in a straight line than Nico’s. That’s a dominant advantage, and it was all from the car….

        1. To clarify, I don’t believe that the “pure pace” headline here is a heinous example of media misrepresentation. The BBC website is sadly prone to it however.

        2. @hairs

          I don’t think that’s the case, I’ve seen headlines where it’s the other way as well in regards to “pips and dominates”

          It probably meant that Rosberg could see where he was going and was therefore able to push straight away ,Whereas Hamilton had to wait an extra lap to get the feel ? You can’t seriously compare one lap to a whole GP. And the first lap in wet conditions as well.

          If his car was faster in a straight line then he obviously went a different way on setup. This is just part of the process for drivers.

          I don’t remember reading anything where it started Hamilton dominated in Monza, as it was quite a close race overall. But he did have the pace over Rosberg as having to come back from 4th , close down a 5 second gap and then overtake and build a 5 second gap isn’t easy. If his set up had something to do with that then so be it. It shouldn’t be used to take away from his win, if anything it should add to it as an additional skill.

          1. Lewis is well known for having raw talent; he’s also well known for being “very reliant on his engineers” for anything to do with setup, strategy or car performance (ref: the grand telemetry tantrum).

            If his car had a 10kph advantage, the one certainty is that the setup wasn’t his suggestion. So no, that doesn’t qualify as his skill. If you don’t think it’s relevant to how he closed the gap that quickly on a circuit which is over 70% full throttle, then I suggest you have another think about it.

          2. @hairs… I think you got the telemetry issue the wrong way round. Hamilton was “rightly” criticising the engineers for giving him a set up that was at a deficit to Buttons. The reason the tweet was condemned was because it was leaking Maclaren data. Not because Hamilton was incorrect.

            It is also wildly “known” that Button copied Hamilton’s set up many more times than Hamilton did his. It is also well known that Rosberg’s engineers gave him a dossier on Hamilton’s driving style and that Rosberg is the biggest offender of being told how to drive by his engineers. Please listen to any interview this year where Hamilton talks about his driving. The idea that he needs the engineers input more than Rosberg is… Misguided.

            Basically, it is common knowledge that the opposite of what you have said is true.

          3. @ryanisjones In spa that year, Hamilton chose a higher downforce setup which meant that his car was faster in one sector, while Button’s was faster in another. However the net laptime should have been the same. Lewis wasn’t able to get the speed when he should have, and that’s why he lost.

            Not only did he have to apologise for tweeting confidential data, he had to apologise for blaming his engineers for his failure. This was analysed extensively at the time so it’s not a matter of opinion at all.

            Button often copied Barrichello’s setup in Brawn (to the extent that Ross had to publicly tell Rubens not to hide setup information) but there’s no evidence he did so with Lewis. Given his very different driving style and the fact that Lewis relies on the engineers (see years of radio transmissions where he expressed confusion about strategy and setup), it’s more likely that both drivers went with engineer suggestions than that one driver copied the other.

          4. @hairs Button gained 1.1 seconds on the straights, Hamilton gained 0.7 seconds in the corners. Net loss 0.4 seconds. This was despite Hamilton breaking later (read – driving quicker) than Button. Hence set up cost him.

            Hamilton is more famous for arguing with his engineers than he is for needing their advice. You have chosen him arguing with his engineers as the reason for him relying on them more than others but that line of argument makes no sense. Was it not three races ago he went against a strategy call saving himself loosing a place? Do those team messages show him relying on his engineers too?

            Lastly, no evidence for Button? Really? Google it. We also know that Rosberg gets data on Hamilton’s driving style. Using these two pieces of information, how can you deduce that Hamilton is more reliant on his engineers. He is clearly better at setting up cars than his previous two team mates.

        3. There is a difference between being quicker over a lap or two and being CONSISTENTLY quicker. There has been the odd race but look through the Calendar at the races to date, the majority of races Lewis has been consistently quicker. The only race that rosberg really had the measure of Hamilton was Monaco which is unique, Austria Hamilton caught but couldn’t pass.

          As for Rosberg losing the odd position to reliability that does not add up to another DNF or two destroyed qualifying which were rescued by 2 masterful drives.

          1. Lewis has very often had to rescue races this year from his own mistakes.

            It is possible to acknowledge his flaws as well as his strengths, and that the difference in performance between him and button, or him and Rosberg is not as great (or as straightforward) as a dedicated fan might like to admit.

          2. @hairs

            I think you’re wrong with regards to the speed difference. It was in fact Rosberg who had the faster speed in qualifying.

            The reason for the gap in the race is DRS. So Hamilton didn’t have that advantage every Lap. So what’s your excuse now ?

          3. @hairs

            Actually, you’re wrong again – Button copied Hamiltons set-up in Valencia.

            http://www1.skysports.com/f1/news/12479/7832670/button-to-copy-hamiltons-set-up

          4. @f190 I assume this comment should be a little bit above, but you’ll notice I said “often copied”. No doubt one driver or the other uses a setup tried by the other driver, however as I said in the case of Rubens vs. Button, Rubens designed the setup, whereas in McLaren it was very clear that neither Lewis or Jenson were the primary movers regarding setup: the engineers were. It’s not a strength of either one of them and both were liable to complain about “balance issues” they couldn’t understand in order to explain poor performances.

          5. @hairs

            Your view of Hamilton is evident from previous posts. You tried to discredit his win in Monza by saying he had a “dominant advantage” due to his car being quicker which simply isn’t the case. If you agree he had a dominant advantage then that is 100% down to the driver as Rosberg had the faster car ( speed trap figures) in qualifying and was also only 0.4 kph slower over their respective fastest average speed laps ( which takes into consideration the whole lap ). Any speed advantage was created by Hamilton, not the car.

            You tried to discredit his performance in Suzuka by saying he was 1 second slower than Rosberg on the first lap, which makes no difference to his dominance that race.

            You’ve tried to explain that any advantage Hamilton has is down to his engineers rather than his skill in driving and set-up.

            On all three of your arguments you’ve been proved wrong and cases have been provided to back this up ( unlike many of your arguments.)

            It’s clear you have something against Hamilton, which is your personal choice and you may have your reasons for. But sometimes you have to just give credit where its due, rather than trying to continuously discredit someone with false information.

          6. @f190
            Speed trap figures for Monza, from the FIA:
            Hamilton : 358.6
            Rosberg : 331.0

            You’re saying I’m making things up, and that 20kph on a circuit which is 70%+ full throttle is nothing to do with the car setup, and doesn’t explain any of the laptime advantage?

            Rosberg wasn’t pressing the throttle pedal?

            How did I get to the FIA to falsify this data which I’m discrediting people who disagree with me, exactly?

          7. @hairs

            As I’ve already pointed out the difference was due to DRS. Rosberg didn’t have has the opportunity to use it. Think about it, he was leading till after the pit stops, then when he made his mistake he fell a few seconds behind Hamilton, and stayed there until the end of the race. DRS would make around 20 kph difference, so it adds up.

            Its completely illogical to think that Hamiltons car was 20kph faster every lap, as it simply wasn’t.

            Rosberg had the fastest car in qualifying, that does’t just disappear and turn into a 20kph disadvantage overnight…

          8. @f190 so… Rosberg never, ever, even once, during the whole race, ever used drs?

            Hamilton was the only other driver on the track?

            No backmarkers? Ever?

            That’s some run of bad luck.

          9. @hairs

            He may have used it in the other DRS zone, but it doesn’t look like he had it where the speed trap was.

            Rosberg was leading until lap 29 and hadn’t lapped anyone by that stage. He then fell behind hamilton by 2.6 seconds, which Hamilton slowly kept extending. DRS was disabled for a few laps due to Alonso, which only leaves around 20 laps where Rosberg would have had the chance. There were also two DRS zones and a straight for lapped cars to get out of the way.

            You’re constantly looking for reasons to discredit Hamilton, but the simple fact is there isn’t any in this race, sorry.

            Its the only logical explanation for the speed difference. And looking at the race it makes perfect sense.

          10. @f190

            So, first I was biased, then I was lying, then the whole race Rosberg couldn’t use drs at all, now he could possibly have used it, but not where it could be measured? And that’s the *only* logical explanation to you? Strange that your definition of the *only* possible explanation has changed so many times, no?

            One of us is desperately stretching here. It isn’t me.

            All I have dared to suggest is that Hamilton is an extremely fast driver with several flaws, and that he is not as dominantly invincible as some of his fans may like to believe.

            Like I have said multiple times, it is possible to look at drivers objectively. This isn’t football. Blind unthinking allegiance isn’t necessary. It’s a complex sport where the driver is one element. Just because Rosberg beats Hamilton one week doesn’t mean it’s going to happen every week. Equally, just because Hamilton is much faster one week, doesn’t mean it’ll be the same another week.

            Being a fan of one particular driver shouldn’t blind you to his flaws. They all have flaws.

          11. @hairs

            You’ve completely mis-understood almost everything I’ve said, so I’ll re-explain them again for you.

            “So, first I was biased” – still the case, I’ve seen your past comments regarding Hamilton and its clear what your opinion of him is. My mind hadn’t changed in this regard at all.

            “then I was lying” – I never directly said you were lying, but you were spreading false facts without any information to back those up. Facts about set-up which you know nothing about.

            “then the whole race Rosberg couldn’t use drs at all” – I never actually said that at all. I said Rosberg didn’t have DRS where the speed trap was. You do realise that there is one point where the speed figure is taken ? Which happens to be in a DRS zone. In that zone its clear to see Rosberg didn’t have DRS as if he did his top speed would have been much higher.

            “now he could possibly have used it, but not where it could be measured? ” – Again, he could have used it in the second DRS zone, where indeed there is NO speed trap.

            I’ll say it one more time just incase you don’t understand. There is only ONE point on the track where the drivers top speed is taken. To keep everything universal for all drivers, this is at the SAME point of the track for every driver ( on the main straight ). This point is in a DRS ZONE. A driver with DRS will be able to get much higher top speed than someone without it. It’s therefore clear that Rosberg DIDN’T have DRS in the zone where the top speed is taken, hence his speed was much lower ! Understand ?

            “One of us is desperately stretching here. It isn’t me.” – I’m sorry but it is. You’ve tried to belittle my argument by saying how I’ve changed my mind, when none of my opinions have changed at all. From the start I’ve said you’re bias against Hamilton, You’ve stated your wrong opinion as fact,and that Rosberg DIDN’T have DRS in the ONE speed trap where the figures are taken.

            It sounds like you don’t understand about how the top speed figures are taken, so I hope this helps.

            I don’t deny he has flaws, thats not the issue here. The issue is yourself trying to discredit someone who’s done the better job by saying ” he had a 20kph advantage” which simply isn’t true.

          12. @hairs

            lol who cares he was faster last i checked Hamdid not pass him NR cracked and went off.

  2. This comes from Formula 1 fan.

    Fact is Hamilton is better driver than Rosberg. Those who have seen races know, Hamilton is good at overtaking, better at saving fuel and tyres than Rosberg. Also in wets

    Rosberg has 1 lap pace but Hamilton is complete package. Hamilton has had more bad luck in quali this year and bad start yet recovered in races.

    1. Formula 1 fan also, but I believe that Hamilton is not quite as complete as others make him out to be. He suffers with reliability, and people who quote Silverstone 2008 forget Canada 2011 (where he was already making mistakes before the collision with Button) and China 2007 (Where he really should have come in earlier, and therefore lost the championship)

      Yes, he was dominant in Silverstone, and was faster this weekend, but to say he’s ‘brilliant in the wet’ seems to ignore some of the mistakes he’s made in previous races

      1. @keeleyobsessed you are not getting the point! Making a mistake doesnt mean he is not mean what @nin13 said is not true.

        For clarification:

        1. Canada 2011, he was faster than Button. In my view Button put him on the wall when he tried to overtake Button.

        2. China 2007, the team left him out despite knowing his tyres had gone. If memory serves he wanted to come in but the team kept him out until his tyres were virtually driving on the rims.

        Yes, he was dominant in Silverstone and dominant this weekend again but some of Lewis best races have been in the wet. So how you can discount that I can’t fathom. Just look at previous races and you will see

        1. Button couldn’t see him through the spray, therefore couldn’t have “put him in the wall”. Lewis chose to drive, foolishly, into a narrowing gap up against a wall, rather than take the equally quick safe route.

          There are easily as many examples of poor racecraft as there are amazing overtakes in his repertoire.

          Nico is nowhere near as far off Lewis’s pace as his fans (or he) would like to think.

      2. Give him a break, he was a rookie in 2007 yet led the WDC.

        1. He did better than that:he finished 2nd by 1 point?was it not?on his very 1st year with Alonso”the beast”fernando as team mate.2 time world champion.but again Ricciardo just gave Vettel a beating too:a 4 TIMES CONSECUTIVE world champion.but again Red bull had unfair advantage for 4 years and Ricciardo is on his 3rd year?or 4th in F1?Hamilton had never been there prior to 2007.

      3. @keeleyobsessed– I think, I was comparing Hamilton and Rosberg. I did not say Hamilton is best on grid or something. And no where I said Hamilton is better at improvoing car life. Though, I don’t get how a driver can destroy F1 car.

        Crash in wets is something that happened to great drivers too.
        For example MSC 1996 Monaco he crashed, trashed field at 1997 Monaco. Then again 1997 Spa thrashed the field, crashed into Coulthard at 1998 Spa
        .
        Completely agree with @pking008 about those races.

        1. @nin13 I even remember Senna crashing once in the wet…

      4. You picked a race where he blew away mixed-conditions guru Jenson Button (after being put off the track) and a mixed-conditions race where he put 20s into the awesome Fernando Alonso, until his team left him driving on kevlar.

        Two examples of him being, er, brilliant in the wet :)

        In 6 years there probably are some wet-race fails, but these aren’t.

        1. Button was even a lap down during that race at some point, because he kept on picking the wrong tyres.

          Only a whole slew of safety cars helped him make his way back. Of course punting off two of his main rivals helped massively too.

      5. Mercedes seems to like Hamilton and says it.there must be reasons for it:EVERY SINGLE team Hamilton has raced for was a winner the very 1st year.STRANGELY as soon as Hamilton LEFT Mclaren they ceased to win immediately.As soon as he joined mercedes they started to win.lucky guy.And he probably is an average driver but he wins 60% of the races so far this year 60% that is more than 1 in 2 that 8 wins for 15 starts.AH the car is SUPER GOOD?his team mate WIN HALF as much as hamilton 4 wins for rosberg.and all this in spite of having 4 DNF for lewis .just for statistics.

  3. You should rather compare the car setups instead of the drivers in this case.

    Rosberg had problems with massive oversteering since lap 1. He’s been telling the pitlane several times and they changed front wing settings on his first(?) stop but it didn’t help.

    1. 41
      Franklin Way

      1. Hamilton and Rosberg had identical set ups on, please ignore above comment :) it was a typo that i accidentally pasted

    2. I aldo remember LH complaining about about brakes some time back! Since these guys share information they should have set up their cars identical!

      1. if they did have identical setups, then it’s clear who is driving the setup. But to be fair, you don’t want the same setup unless you approach and drive the car the same way in almost every respect.

  4. @nin13

    Lewis has vast experience in front running teams, A WDC,
    Nico is doing very well against SUCH a formidable opponent.

    Its been great to Nico put up such a fight,

    it’s not over yet, !!!

    1. All this been said Rosberg is a very,very good pilot:Not only did he gave Michael schum a run for his money but Hamilton;no matter what you say is highly recognised as THE pole position specialist.for Rosberg to be able to out qualify Hamilton over 12 months I do not care what you say you have to be very,very good.And Rosberg is not even my prefered pilot.Pole positions: Rosberg 8 Hamilton 5?
      victories: Rosberg 4 Hamilton 8.

  5. Its been great “to see” Nico put up such a fight.

    1. @greg-c
      Yes it’s great, this is a man who beat Michael Schumacher consistently.

  6. Sem (@05abrahamsemere)
    6th October 2014, 12:15

    Unfortunately, I don’t like to admit this, but this season has shown what many people have pointed out for a long time: that Hamilton and Alonson are the only ones that can adapt to any conditions/regulations in any car and extract the maximum out of the car on a more regular basis than the rest of the field. I would love to see them as teammates again, preferably at Merc, so that we can have a real Senna-Prost battle for the championship!

    1. I think you could probably include Vettel in those 3 aswell. He’s won wet races, dry races, red-flagged races, whilst his team-mate (Bourdais or Webber) has not really lived up to those performances.

      Of course, we’ll know for sure on his performances with wherever he’s going for 2015

      1. @keeleyobsessed
        Something tells me you didn’t properly read the comment to which you were responding.

      2. But Vettel is currently getting his ass whipped by Danny boy!

      3. Vettel,I am not sure.I think Vettel was a case of a car TAILOR MADE for him by a guy(adrian newey)who is good but ALSO got informed 2 years ahead of schedule by bernie,jean todt of future rules changes as well as a renault engine made to fit the car.Red bull will always be ahead:they get 1st hand information BEFORE the competition of all rules change way before hand.that is their main competitive advantage.NEST YEAR RED BULL RENAULT will be back.

      4. @keeleyobsessed you are forgetting how Seb is getting mauled by Ricciardo on the same car this year. I don’t think that ever happened in F1 of a multiple world champion being constantly beaten by his team mate, unless he was clearly at the end or its career (Schumacher after 2010). Vettel will have to prove himself straight away, if he doesn’t beat Raikkonen straight away and as easily as Alonso is doing this year, will be a confirmation that Vettel is not the champion many people still think

    2. @Sem, Hamilton is above Alonso’s level mate.

      1. he will probably have him in the wins count by the end of the year, with far less races run.

  7. Pressure to perform as the season draws to a close is clearly shown in the manner in which different drivers treated the onset of heavier rain c.lap 39. Notable amongst these are Adrian Sutil, Esteban Gutierrez and the unfortunate Jules Bianchi, who was clearly in the frame for better things if he could get the results.

    I’ll do no more then suggest individuals ‘untick’ the front runners and look at the back of the field for who lifted off and those who maintained/accelerated their pace. It’s slightly tedious but shows an underlying message.

    It also shows those who probably respected the waved yellows.

  8. McLaren have poor downforce isn’t it, so we know who should pair Alonso

    1. Thought Nico would win? I love’d seeing you’re comments and KPcart and Damonw after the qually. Yet again Damonw has been shown up.

      1. no, I don’t, Nico was slow yesterday

  9. tgu (@thegrapeunwashed)
    6th October 2014, 13:13

    Mercedes were pretty dominant in Japan, it is no surprise that Hamilton set the fastest lap, but it is telling that Rosberg could only manage the 6th fastest lap, despite leading for more than half the race. From the moment Hamilton got ahead the performance disparity between the two drivers was obvious.

    1. What it tells me is I continue to dislike wet races. NR’s pace was not an issue on Saturday, so the telling thing to me is that wet weather races can be a crapshoot, which is, as we know, why people like them. NR simply had oversteer in crappy conditions and LH’s car was more hooked up. In the dry there is more chance that LH would not have been able to get by NR, and as it is he needed on oversteery NR and DRS to do it. Kudos to NR for holding LH off as long as he could…kudos to LH for the win…but in the dry NR would not have managed only the sixth fastest lap, so if we are going to talk about this kind of performance disparity let’s be clear about it being during this kind of race.

      1. rosberg said that he and hamilton had the same set up but that hamilton could just handle the oversteer better

        1. Quite surprised at this. Also a bit surprised if there were no differences at all in setup, when they each do their own. Not doubting you, but NR.

        2. I was betting on different setups. Not completely different but HAM’s car more wet than ROS’s.
          But if they say they had the same setup, I am lead to keep my opinion that HAM is much better driver in wet conditions when compared to ROS (and maybe when compared to 3/4ths of the grid).

      2. So really you dislike wet races because Hamilton is stronger than Rosberg in the wet ? Why in the dry is there less chance Hamilton could get by ? Because Rosberg never make mistakes in the dry ? Or because Rosberg always beats Hamilton in the dry ? Your points are based on nothing factual, there is no evidence to back them up. Maybe Hamilton was just stronger at coping with the conditions, or looking after his tyres better ? Ever thought those could be a reason ?

        1. @f190 No, I have never liked wet races, full stop. Not since following F1 starting in the 70’s nor for any racing series. Ever. It makes it a crapshoot. You’ve posed your post with a bunch of questions to me, so answer this…how often this season have we seen NR only sixth fastest? Tell me that wasn’t due to the crapshoot that comes from wet races.

          Just saying…there seems to be a disparity between LH and NR, and generally LH has the upper hand on pace all things being equal…but this was not the race that proves the degree of disparity as someone has suggested.

          1. @robbie

            I wouldn’t call it a crapshoot though, its not like the grid was completely switched around. If you look at the times its pretty much the order the teams often run. Another thing to point out is the lap which the fastest laps were set on. Rosberg was much earlier than any other driver, even after having a new set later on. My guess is he burnt his first set too quickly and then tried to make his second set last longer by lapping slower. Maybe taking different lines etc, who knows. That or he just knew he was beat and wanted to keep it on the track hoping Hamilton makes a mistake.

            I’d also note that its not always the case where the Mercedes or race winner sets the fastest laps. With the difference in tyre compounds often a later stopper would set a faster time than someone who tried to do a one stopper for example. Its too simple to say Rosberg shouldn’t be 6th. He was 6th because of his lack of pace, not because it was a crapshoot.

      3. @Robby, Hamilton decimated Rosberg in the dry in Malaysia & Bahrain so what’s your point ?

        1. My point is that NR managing only 6th fastest is not telling of the disparity between LH and NR, as was suggested by @thegrapeunwashed . They are closer in performance than that. 6th fastest is a result of the variation, let’s say, rather than crapshoot, that can come from wet weather races such as this. Just look at how often NR has managed only 6th fastest this season, and tell me the wet race didn’t have something to do with that. On another wet race day the situation could just as easily be reversed where it is LH struggling with oversteer or some other thing that limits his speed and it is NR that has the pace. That’s why I call wet races crapshoots, as supported by the number of people who love the wet because it increases the odds of variance in the normal results.

          1. tgu (@thegrapeunwashed)
            6th October 2014, 19:29

            @robbie, I was talking about the performance disparity THIS RACE, not over the whole season. But I think lapping at 1 second a lap quicker than your teammate didn’t happen “because it’s a crapshoot”, that kind of advantage is pretty stunning, it’s far greater than I’d expect between two teammates – and wet races are often thought to highlight driver ability, rather than obscure it.

      4. I don’t “dislike” wet races, but I agree that they tend to suspend true examination of relative merits of cars and drivers according to known benchmarks. However, there are certain situations where they allow certain drivers to show their stuff. Going back through history, you can see how Lauda, Schumacher, Senna, and yes Hamilton have stamped marks on the sport due to amazing wet-weather performances. E.g., when Senna had that shocking first few laps at Donnington in ’93, well, we are still taking about it.

        When it rains is a crapshoot, but the performance differences that show up in rain is not mere chance. Here, Hamilton, as Rosberg admirably admits, was dealing the same sketchy set up, but just had the ability to handle it better. There is biological limit to human reaction time generally, so it’s about who can feel/predict the car better, and also about fine motor skills in reacting In the rain, these skills matter more.

        1. @thegrapeunwashed Fair enough, you were talking about this race, but you will admit LH is not usually 1 second quicker. Ie. wet weather races can just as easily obscure things rather than confirm them.

  10. That safety car consistency!
    I love these graphs, its where F1Fanatic comes into its own.

  11. I know it’s perhaps a bad time to bring it up. But Jules was getting faster over those last few laps. Hope we hear positive news soon

  12. Marcus Ericsson had a surprisingly good race after his spin early on. He was the 14th fastest driver in a Caterham!

    Generally I think of him as the worst driver on the grid, but maybe Chilton is worse after all.

    1. Ericsson did a good job. In clean air he was matching Williams’ lap times but, I think, the new front wing Caterham brought to Suzuka worked very well, too. More consistent downforce from that kind of front wing, Gary Anderson used to say.
      Ericsson’s wing: http://www.motorsport.com/f1/photo/main-gallery/marcus-ericsson-caterham-ct05-194/?sz=9&r=8281&e=50307&s=5&oft=143&id=1771134&i=141
      Kobayashi’s wing: http://www.motorsport.com/f1/photo/main-gallery/kamui-kobayashi-caterham-ct05-192/?sz=9&r=8281&e=50307&s=5&oft=191&id=1771137&i=144

  13. Interesting to see Jenson second fastest in the lap times

    1. Sonia luff – yeah especially as we know from reading this web site that “JB is over the hill” !!!!

      1. I’ve never written anything of the sort.

        1. @keithcollantine but someone would like to pretend you have, That’s what’s important.

          1. @hairs unlees you have mystical powers you cannot know my intentions. I have clarified my point – but thanks for trying to exacerbate my clumsy wording

        2. @keithcollantine I know and I didn’t intend my tongue in cheek comment to be taken that way.- it was not a dig at you, apologies if my phrasing led to that impression. I was referring to the many observers in the driver swap debate who simply dismiss Button in quite simplistic terms.

  14. I was surprised to see Rosberg’s lack of pace after his final pit stop. Button and Vettel were doing 1.51.7 at that stage of that race, and when Rosberg pitted, I imagined he could equal or better that pace. When he came in, he was around six seconds behind Hamilton, and with Hamilton lapping in the 1m54s I thought Lewis was throwing away the win by staying out for two more laps. However, Rosberg only managed a 1m52.8 and a 1m53.1. Did he already feel defeated and was he being cautious, perhaps?

    1. Probably still dealing with oversteer. I was surprised NR wasn’t pitted as soon as LH got by him, although DC speculated that perhaps they were waiting to see if the weather would hold off and the race end on slicks, and/or biding their time in order to just do the one more stop and have the last set of tires last until the end.

      1. Funny thing. Hamilton and Rosberg had the SAME setup. Both said that. And both had oversteer. But Hamilton handle it better

        1. Could be that LH had oversteer too but less than NR. Could be that LH can simply live with oversteer moreso than NR.

          1. it’s that right foot thing. But to be fair, with the throttle by wire tech, who knows these days.

    2. I would say that with Hamilton disappearing down the road, given the conditions, there was no reason for him to drive at 10/10ths, as he told the team he was doing when defending from Hamilton. You can imagine in his mind, with the title race, it was much better to bring the car home safely in 2nd rather than bin it putting up a good fight.

  15. Of late the titles are stirring up a bit of a hornet’s nest here. I am talking about “Hamilton’s pure pace proves too much for Rosberg”.

    Lewis drove a super race and won it too, but to belittle Rosberg is not going down well with me, at least. ROS reported he was having issues with huge over-steer and hence was driving more cautiously and became the target of Lewis who was on charge. So it was obvious that Lewis would overtake Rosberg, but how does it show Hamilton’s pure pace is something that I want to understand better.

    1. But why did Rosberg have the over-steer issues ? If it had been the other way around, there would be hundreds of comments saying how Hamilton is more aggressive and can’t make his tyres last, etc etc. So why when Rosberg burns his tyres does there have to be anything else too it ? The fact is Rosberg just didn’t have the pace yesterday. Call it whatever you want from driving skill, car setup, tyre management, fuel management etc Hamilton was just by far the better racer yesterday. Its that simple, Rosberg had no answer to Hamilton.

      1. @f190 Yes, you certainly have a point. But that title? It’s embarrassingly ridiculous. Couldn’t it be “Hamilton dominates in the wet Suzuka” or something similar? Does it have to be an exaggerated, stark and clearly “patriotic” comparison?

        1. “Hamilton’s pure pace proves too much for Rosberg” is a solid headline. Ask yourself, why did Hamilton win ? The answer is that his pace was too much for Rosberg…

        2. I’ m not British, and I think the title is fine. So hypothesis falsified.

          You also have (inadvertently) made a curiously strong case that Hamilton is “supernatural.” I won’t go that far. I think that certain drivers in certain conditions can do an amazing drive.

        3. @dmw I ain’t thinking this was a British patriotic comparison – that may have been implied by @ssm0304.

          About being supernatural, well it is not exactly out-of-this-world alien kind of thing. What I implied was both Hamilton and Button had to be awesome to have clocked those times when everyone else struggled.

          1. Well, these are two drivers that have, over time, proved their abilities in the wet and changing conditions. So there is no reason to go looking further for particular facts and circumstances to explain this observation. Button indeed may be better than Hamilton in these kind of conditions and may have done even better had he been sitting in a Mercedes. Button lacks ultimate quicks but he is very good in these conditions.

      2. @f190 yay, I didnt say Hamilton was a flop – so there is no questioning Hamilton’s race win yesterday and that he was faster. I do not know why Rosberg faced over-steer issues and your comment doesnt help me understand that either. Rosberg had pace during the weekend and he was the polesitter not for nothing. The fact also is that he clearly lacked pace on Sunday which is why Lewis was able to over take him as well.

        But explain the title.

        1. Both had the same setup, both had oversteer. Both said that after the race.
          One was way better at handling the issues. That’s the reason that Hamilton’s proved too much for Rosberg.

          1. I don’t have an issue with the title…just with folks trying to make it sound like what happens in a wet weather race is the norm between two drivers.

          2. I am sure you know this is not Ferrari that they set up cars based on what they think is the best and expect the drivers to adapt to it. Merc sets up the car based on Driver preference and feedback, while retaining the circuit level car set up to deal with wet race. the fact that Hamilton maintained the car was driveable during the lap 36-42 also goes with the fact that he was able to drive the car while Nico was slowing down. LH also set his fastest lap on lap 39. He has to be supernatural on Sunday to set up that time when everyone bar Jenson struggled with the car.

        2. You make it sounds like Rosberg had an issue, he didn’t. Of course you’re going to get oversteer with so much torque in the wet. Every driver had oversteer. Its a known fact that Hamilton loves a car that oversteers, so its no surprise that he was much quicker. laps 36-42 could equally show how good Hamilton was over how much Rosberg was struggling. My guess is that Rosberg burnt his first set too quickly, so managed his pace more on the second set.

          It seems like you’re trying to find some justification for why Rosberg was slow, when the answer is Hamilton was just better.

          1. @f190 well no, I already said that Hamilton was just better, and that Rosberg was slow. Deem it my inexperience at understanding “Of course you’re going to get oversteer with so much torque in the wet. Every driver had oversteer.”

            Thing that got me talking was the title!

          2. @hemzshaw

            you didn’t say Hamilton was just better. You said “I do not know why Rosberg faced over-steer issues” I was explaining he didn’t have any issues and that every driver would have been suffering from oversteer due to the engines and weather.

        3. @hemzshaw
          BOTH CARS had OVER_STEER, it was Lewis’ PURE PACE that made the difference.
          Hope this clarifies things, even though it’s been pointed out many times already.

    2. @hemzshaw I don’t understand your complaint about the headline. Hamilton was much quicker than Rosberg, which you don’t appear to dispute, and that’s all the title says.

  16. Yes LH was faster in atrocious conditions. Its not exactly surprising, the real difference is that he overtook when he was quicker. Rosberg failed to do so earlier in the season when he was much quicker than LH.

    The key differentiator at that level is overtaking, race craft or whatever you call it, that separates the goods from the greats. LH is super brave and more importantly generally keeps the car facing the right way and doesn’t take the other car out.

    Id even say Alonso sometimes lacks that but he has been driving that pig of a car for 5 years.

    Whats impressed most about Ricciardo is not his pace so much as his ability to overtake.

    1. don’t forget who Ferrari have been developing their car around for the last X years.

      1. Great point what i don’t get is how Alo gets a pass?. It is great driving that has led Ferrari to be in contention, but lets be honest like you said Ferrari are building that with his input. I do not like Vet atall but boy it would be a golden moment seeing him win a WC with them while Alo is still on the grid. Fact is Alo two nearest rivals Vet and Ham will beat him in virtually every stat of F1 when it is all said and done.

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