Fiki wrote:I think that is correct. I never understood Ferrari's decision to take the car away from Räikkönen's needs, though I have no problem at all with seeing Massa doing well. And 2008's Renault cheating really took Massa's drivers' title away from him, so both drivers did well in what was basically a good car.
Your comment has made me look into driving styles again.
I admit my methods aren't very scientific but taking bits here and there I found that the design direction of Ferrari that year had an even bigger role than I previously thought. It also helped that I dabbled in sim racing during this time so I could learn some of the basics.
People like to say Kimi is good with oversteering cars. You can't be good with oversteering cars without being smooth. Oversteering cars are more dangerous and difficult to control, and require more precise inputs from the driver.
Kimi in 2008 also had problems with warming up the tires. If the car pushes in corners like a truck, it's hard for smoother inputs to build heat in the tires. This was exacerbated in the rain because wet conditions cool the tires down. This is the main reason why Kimi's performance in Monaco that year was absolutely catastrophic. It was a wet race on a slow track, far from ideal to get heat in the tires.
Meanwhile, I remember someone (I think it may have even been here in PF1) who said Massa effectively bullied the car around the track and couldn't even follow the same lines every lap. It can be easily verified by facts. Massa had a rocky start to his career and found it hard to keep his Sauber on the track in 2002. He also has never been good in the rain, where smooth inputs are of utmost importance. However, the 2008 Ferrari was, like I said, truck-like in its behavior, which meant that Massa could throw it around without concerning himself much with the car's stability. If you drive like this, you can very easily get the tires to optimal temperature in the course of just a few laps, which is what Massa did, and what earned him his poles that year. Unfortunately for him, he could not do the same in the rain, because the wet conditions make it hard for the tires to warm up, and he lacked the finesse to control the car.
It's also necessary to take into account that the Bridgestone tires were quite durable, so Massa didn't have to worry much about degradation, which is usually a problem when you have an aggressive driving style. Kimi could make the Lotus work in 2012 and 2013 partly because he's smooth, so, in combination with the car's natural ability, he could make even the Pirelli tires last long.