raymondu999 wrote:Yes lighter, but not half a second lighter. He would have still been on pole, just with a smaller margin methinks. Lewis had good pace in the race too, considering his strategy meant he was churning out slower average laptimes (while saving on pitstops) and he was in traffic. I don't think Button is a good barometer - he underperformed from the car's capabilities this weekend, as is typical when he can't find a good balance (see races such as Korea 2010 or Hungary 2010)
Half a second is enough fuel for approximately 8 laps. His actual margin was 0.578 seconds so to carry the extra half lap of fuel at in lap speeds would probably not have cost him enough time to dip below 0.5 seconds. He still would have had a half second advantage.
Agree regarding Button. Lest we judge Ferrari's pace by looking at Massa's times, or Red Bull's race pace by looking at Webber's race performances.