Lycoming wrote:That sounds incredibly ignorant...
for starters, one does not simply change one's driving style. If that were true, button would never complain that his setup isn't quite right, he would just alter his driving style to match.
Also, racing drivers are competitive. If they felt it were possible to change their driving style and they felt that doing so would make them more competitive, they would do it in an instant. Think about the lengths they go to to gain every tenth, or even every hundredth or thounsandth of a second. Button's style clearly suits the Pirellis more. It is not a matter of pride. Again: One does not simply change one's driving style.
If he did mimic button's style, of course he would be slower; its not natural at all to be doing that. But he's got pace. He has outqualified button, and I believe inherently he is the faster driver. He just burns out his tyres quicker in the race. He is still competetive and able to win races, though I think the pirellis closed the gap between the 2 a bit, at least in race.
It might sound ignorant, but it is still what I believe, you can take that with a pinch of salt because I have never driven a F1 car.
Nevertheless I believe a person with very good car control can adapt to a style that requires less car control, i.e. Hamilton mimicking buttons, but I don't think a person who has a lower level of car control can somehow level up and adopt a style that requires more car control i.e. Button mimicking Hamilton.
I think the ability of a person to adapt to a different driving style depends on the outright natural talent of the driver. You can adapt down, but you can't adapt up with great ease up as it where.