lamo wrote:If it is a 1 stopper or a track that is hard to overtake on, qualifying is very important. Unless you believe Hamilton to have a slight advantage over Vettel over 1 lap - then the Mercedes has been better in qualifying over the year.
Not massively so, somewhere around 9-6 in qualifying if we assume Hamilton = Vettel, so still close.
I do believe Hamilton to be slightly better over a single lap than Vettel. I also think Bottas is generally better over a single lap than Kimi (although his qualifying form seems to have really dipped of late). There is also, of course, the Q3 modes for the respective engines. Both teams have them but most believe that Mercedes still have the best qualifying engine mode.
A couple of things: First - Spa is not really that hard to overtake on. It's not as easy as some tracks with these new cars but there was quite a bit of passing in the race. The fact that Vettel was unable to pass Hamilton does not mean that you could
not pass during the race. The reality was that the Kemel straight was the best place to pass but the Ferrari wasn't set up with enough top speed to be able to pull it off there. Vettel never really tried anywhere else. Secondly - even if we disagree about Spa, the situation at the other tracks is less debatable. How many tracks do Ferrari have to be quicker at before you'll stop insisting that Mercedes have the better car?