beelsebob wrote:Shrieker, you're aware that Vettel was taking 1.5 seconds a sector out of hamilton on his pit-in lap? If he'd stayed out 3 more laps he would have been on canvas.
Looking at the race, Vettel emerged from the pits on softs a single lap before Hamilton did. Vettel was 2 seconds behind Vergne at the beginning of his outlap and that gap did not change during Hamiltons in-lap.
Unless you're saying almost everyone in the top ten was closing in on Hamilton by 1.5 seconds per sector
for Vettels gap to Vergne to not shift at all?????
Even this graph shows that it was not Vettel that closed in on Hamilton, but Hamilton being slowed massively by the traffic in front of him after he was released from the pit lane.
Vettel was closing at the end of the first stint for sure, but he would never have caught Hamilton before his next stop even if it was one or two laps more which would have given him a better chance of getting the undercut on the Sauber.
The McLaren were likely not even pushing at this stage as they had very good leads. You can see the consistency of Hamiltons gap to Button on the way into the first pit stop.
If the drop off was truly so drastic and he was about to be on canvas, you'd have seen much more irratic behaviour there.
It's only after Hamilton was released behind the Sauber that there was all of a sudden, a gap of 11 seconds to Button, which of course allowed Vettel to be right there on his butt.