pokerman wrote:Zoue wrote:Nosebuckle wrote:I wish Kimi would realize he's probably not going to improve in his performance and go out on his own terms. I count myself as a fan as well, but it's frustrating to watch him go backwards. Unless something changes drastically this season, I'd wager Ferrari is going to replace him. I don't see that happening so it'd be nice to see him sent off gracefully.
I see no reason to believe his performances can't improve.
There's nothing new here. He couldn't get the car set up the way he liked it in Australia and then in China this was exacerbated by the lack of Free Practice. Both times the car wasn't set up the way he needed it to be and when that happens he's frankly rubbish at coping. The low temperatures didn't help, either. But if he gets it set up right in Bahrain then don't be surprised to see him keeping up with the others.
The problem's not Kimi being slow, or that he's "lost" it. The problem is, and has always been, that he has a tolerance window of around 0.05% and anything outside that means he can't cope. Inside that, he's fine. But he's just crap at adapting
I ask you what is the true performance, the few races were he looks good or the majority were he looks second rate?
well clearly true performance is when everything is set up just the way a driver likes it so he can just concentrate on going as fast as possible without fighting the behaviour of the car. But, along with possibly Button, Kimi has a shockingly narrow operating window and seems all at sea when it's out of his comfort zone. I think it was Fry who said that when he partnered Montoya they had nine different front ends between them for the season, just to get everything exactly right. It shows a) that McLaren at least understood that of your driver is going to have a weakness, then it makes sense to cater for it and b) that Kimi being sensitive to the car is not a result of age or going downhill.