Following inspiration from Ciro's post in the "ban the pitstops" thread, I've finally decided to do something wasteful with my time, and try to get your feedback, which it seems I wasn't able to get with a crazy tinfoil theory. This time, however, I'll start with cold hard facts. Please keep in mind that all timing comes from the head-to-head analysis of http://www.f1matrix.it
Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen spent the whole afternoon together, until lap 50. In that lap, Kimi made a mistake under braking in Turn 2 costing him about 2s and Fernando made his final pitstop.
The Live Timing was mad with Kimi Raikkonen. Apparently due to a problem with his transponder, no partial times were reported for him, only full laptimes. Apparently, no pitlane stay times exist for Kimi Raikkonen that day. At least, I see none in the official site
Not having pitlane timing for Kimi, these are the best 10 inlap + outlap combinations of the race (I could have made a mistake). You can't directly compare outlaps due to different pit position with respect to the start-finish line:
Driver ----- Total ------ Pit time -- Notes
Raikkonen 3:07.5 N/A
Trulli 3:10.2 25.132
Rosberg 3:10.3 25.126 12 laps to go
Kovalainen 3:10.9 25.631
Alonso 3:11.3 26.502
Massa 3:11.5 27.515 1st stop
Coulthard 3:11.7 25.706
Glock 3:12.2 26.013
Webber 3:12.2 26.817
Hamilton 3:12.4 27.895 1st stop
Note that Rosberg pitted extremely late and this is reflected on his time not only because he put less fuel but also because his outlap suffers from 8 laps less of fuel (around 20 kg). In any case, even if we substract 2 seconds (it's a Williams, after all), it's still 8 tenths off Kimi's time. Trulli's time is more comparable, because it's just 3 laps later (speed deficit compensation) and the Toyota is faster than the Williams.
Unfortunately, Hamilton's puncture means we don't get his time plus Felipe wasn't racing anymore, invalidating his second pitstop (slower than the first). Assuming that Kimi's in+out lap was as fast as Felipe's first stop, but substracting 2 seconds of fuel, we would still have a total time of 3:09.5, two seconds slower than his last stop. Furthermore, in this case both Kimi and Fernando would have fought for position, since the gap in the next lap was 2.2 seconds.
What is your take on this?