Diesel wrote:The super softs were wearing out quicker due the the green track. But equally, it was unknown if it was possible to get the softs up to temp in the damp conditions.
Personally, I feel that had Lewis not spun etc. and continued on his strategy, it might have been possible for him to fight his way back to second, possibly first? Who knows, but he would have been on fresh super softs while the rest of the front runners were on old softs.
no chance, the ss were only god for a couple of laps.
for all of mclarens expertise, time and time again they make basic errors where just a bit of common sense should prevail, the worrying thing is that they dont really do anything about it and just put it down to "motot racing" all the time and thus they'll continue to make these mistakes over and over.
personally i felt the inters were a good gamble, at that point he was allready looking at 4th due to having to stop again shortly anyway, but the decision to put the super softs on again was a shocker that cost lewis the win and the team a valuable 1-2.
Well the practice times said that the SS would be a second a lap faster, but within a lap or two those on the softs were actually quicker. I guess the combination of compound and construction was just more suitable for those conditions as well as being more durable - or Lewis was overly trying to conserve the tyres, although Alonso was also slower.
No doubt the team will learn from it, but the data that was available for them was actually suggesting the SS was the right way to go. They wouldn't have done it otherwise.
Where I think they ultimately failed was in trying to then adapt and get Lewis to drive slowly to conserve the tyres and try to get them to the end. They should have unleashed him, let him burn through the tyres in five to ten laps but open up a bigger lead, switched to the softs and then try to overtake Vettel and Button to recover. With the fresher tyres, McLaren's pace, and Lewis's ability to overtake it would have been his best shot at regaining the upper hand.
I was initially quick to lash out at the team but they didn't do this deliberately or on a whim, it would have been carefully calculated and considered, and hindsight's a wonderful thing.