bhallg2k wrote:clarkiesyeah wrote:I actually believe Button is harming the development of the car, his engineers are wasting far to much time trying to make the car drivable for him, at the expense of making the car faster.
That's highly unlikely.
It may seem counterintuitive on the surface, but I think the tires are playing a significant role here. Button's style is centered around taking care of the tires by being as smooth as possible. Hamilton, on the other hand, is much more aggressive. In short, that means Hamilton has the experience and the ability to drive on worn-out tires, because his driving style demands it. Button does everything he can to avoid the worn-out tire experience, but that's simply impossible this year.
I do not think anyone is capable of being competitive driving on worn out tyres. Ref Alonso/Vettel today...
I think maybe last year we saw a blip on the standard deviation between these two. It took Hamilton having his worst season ever, and Button, by his own admission, to be driving the best he ever has, for him to come out as the number one driver that season.