Mandrake wrote:If you look at last year's result, the gap between McLaren and RedBull was kind of small. Although the RB6 was a lot quicker than the McLaren, especially in the beginning of the season. What made them suffer was reliability.
Not only reliablity - driver mistakes and stategy errors.
This year the RedBull has not been the quickest car on all tracks, but due to strategic and reliability problems at the competition, they could benefit everywhere.
Well Red Bull has been on pole at every race this season - some might say this is the ultimate indicator of speed of the speed of the car. In my opinion, Red Bull were fastest at the vast majority of races - the only possible exception is Hungary, and perhaps the Nurburgring.
So what is car speed then? Outright pace or consistent pace on a variety of tracks with perfect reliability?
Speed and reliablity are different things.
Earlier here someone mentioned the quote: "Wow, you must have 30points more downforce than us" - I'd like to bring up an example from SimRacing. Same car, same setup, same track conditions, but a friend of mine can take the corner with 5kph more than me. I can't even see how he does it. So I say to him, you must have 1 degree more wing than me, but he didn't, he just drove right at the edge.
I'm sure something like the above is possible in F1 too, as we currently with the Webber / Vettel comparison. One can just not use the full potential, or one is performing above the car's natural pace.
I'd say it's more a case of Vettel is getting close to the maximum out of the car, whilst Webber is not.