ISLAMATRON wrote:Great analysis Miguel( I did think that the FL was usually faster compared to the Q3 time)... also note only 3 times were the pole and the FL the same driver, and only 3 times did the driver with FL win the race... my overall point though is that FL is not that big a deal.
Four of the fastest five laps at Germany were Alonso, his best almost 0.2 clear of the next.
Eight of the fastest 20 laps at Germany were Alonso.
RBR had five of the top 20.
Button had the 14th.
Trulli had the 3rd fastest and another 3 within the top 10, all laps 51-54.
Two more came from both Williams drivers.
Massa out of the top 20 though well represented in the next 20 in end of stint 2/stint 3.
Kimi's best over +1.5s than Massa's.
ISLAMATRON has a point in that all of Alonso's best laps came after lap 41 - after he got past Kovalainen if I'm not mistaken, but then again his best was on the first flyer after his out lap, so he wasn't exactly fast on no fuel. And all of Webber's laps in the top 20 came in laps 35-37. In his third session, Webber's best was just under 1:34.8. The next more than two tenths off. Whilst race and qual times aren't totally representative, it should be pointed out that of all the efforts above, the top 17 laps were all within a second of Alonso's best - and we all know a second is a long time in racing. They're all simply not as fast in a race - many factors to consider from engine life to the rest of them. Unfortunately for us everyone runs as fast as they need to to win a race, not to amuse people like us on an internet forum wanting to analyse who's outright faster and by how much in an exacting manner.
Traffic makes a huge difference; Webber had around two seconds a lap on Alonso in the first stint. Times 15 or so laps and you've blown your podium chances neatly, so quali is important. Alonso was mega for the first bit of his last stint... I'd suggest his team figured his race was with Barrichello (and maybe Button, who wasn't catching Rosberg fast enough) at the end - his lap times in the third stint only slowed when he came up behind him, and Barrichello put in some of his best laps - including his best - keeping him at bay. Button put in some fast ones, his best were his in/out laps around pit stop 2 - so very definitely racing for position (with his team mate at least).
So all we can really say with any certainty is that Alonso must be kicking himself over qualifying. Webber won comfortably, he swallowed a penalty and considering no one wins going flat out with clean air behind them (why risk it, he won by what, over 10 seconds by another guy in the same car, who had a sh*t race and came in five secs or so from Massa?), we don't know how much faster he could have gone. Quali *really* is important, the first session does a lot for the race - Massa pitted the first stint from 2nd, Alonso from what, 9th, 10th? It doesn't say anything for how fast the cars will be next week on a different track, but Alonso's car had podium pace his round - he had a quicker car than Massa, Rosberg and both Brawns.
Unless the Ferrari's, Brawns, Williams' etc all had issues with the Nurburgring that caused their pace at all stages of the race to drop off, then the R29 has found some pace. We'll see next round.
We also know the RBR was, um, quick