Paolo_Lasardi wrote: Migen wrote:
Paolo_Lasardi wrote:Räikkönen most obviously never even attempted to attack Vettel on-track. Vettel owes this victory to Ferrari TO and a submissive No. 2 teammate - all else is delusional really.
That said and notwithstanding: without the technical problems, Vettel would have taken an utterly dominant victory. Winning despite technical problems due to the most ideal circumstances for such a situation (Budapest) as well as ending up infront of your rival after doing more things wrong than on could have imagined (Baku) - those are the lucky breaks that often define championships ...
Delusional is to presume that Kimi would have overtaken Vettel had he tried it, in a track where the DRS seemed quite ineffective and where the only overtakes taking place were those over the lapped cars being shown blue flags.
Hamilton closed on the Ferrari pair at a much faster rate than what Kimi did to Vettel, and yet was unable to make a single attempt against Kimi (same as Kimi was unable to make any impression on Vettel)... does that automatically makes Hamilton too a submissive No.2 towards Kimi maybe?
Well, there was one real on-track overtaking: Alonso on Sainz, brilliant manoeuvre.
Räikkönen never ever attempted to attack. His sole mission was to protect Vettel's lead. He actually tried to be not too close to him and only when Hamilton closed in, he was forced to really close in on Vettel.
Now, of course, you are right that overtaking is difficult. It bec8mes impossible when a faster car (KR's Ferrari) is deliberately driving slow, except of, of course, into the main straight. Without a mistake by KR in the crucial corner there was no chance for Hamilton.
KR's situation was different though. Due to the steering issue, Vettel could not do the optimal line, e.g. he had to avoid the curbs. This includes the crucial entry into the main straight. Overtaking would definitely been possible against Vettel - and I bet if KR would have done so, LH would have followed suit rather quickly.
But of course it was Ferrari's TO/strategy to protect Vettel's win and so KR solely focused on the submissive-protective role.
I find it completely okay to hail this as a brilliant teamplay. But to claim that Räikkönen tried to attack or even overtake Vettel is really delusional.
I`m not saying that Kimi tried to attack or even overtake Vettel (it never happen, as much as Hamilton was never able to attempt un overtake on Kimi going on Vettel`s pace, even though Hamilton closed on Kimi at a faster rate than what Kimi did to Vettel), what I`m arguing is that any attempt to attack/overtake would have been futile anyways.
As I explained on my response to another post, with Kimi closing up on Vettel with an average of 0.150 seconds per lap, it was pretty much impossible for him to overtake in any case.
As for the crucial entry into the main straight, it wasnt an issue at all because NONE
of the car in the race were going over the inside curbs, not just Vettel and the outside curb on corner exit to the main strait is pretty much flat and Vettel could floor it the same as all the other drivers.
Vettel simply went from being 2 tenth faster than Kimi into 2 tenths slower once the steering wheel issue appeared... no big drama, not a huge drop in performance relative to Kimi.
EDIT: And there`s also something important that you are not taking into account:
Had Vettel come under real threat of being overtaken, he could always pickup the pace for a lap or 2 because Vettel's steering wheel issue was not the sort of issue that would permanently make the car slower for a certain amount of tenths or seconds
, Vettel simply had to drive slower by keeping off the curbs in order not to aggravate the issue. In fact, Vettel did pick up his pace in several occasions and even had a faster personal best lap in comparison with Hamilton.
and I bet if KR would have done so, LH would have followed suit rather quickly.
And I bet if Kimi was somehow able to overtake Vettel but opted not to and kept going on Vettel's pace instead, then LH for sure should have overtaken both Ferraris easily, starting with Kimi.. but ofcourse, that never happen.