GrizzleBoy wrote:Jenson started going backwards significantly since Bahrain and his performances have literally kept going backwards on all fronts since then.
We're not even just talking about races here though are we?
Not only has Button been out of place on Sundays, he's been having to fight to get into Q3 and only scraped through with luck thanks to Maldonado this time or it would have been three out of three races he started outside the top ten.
There's a stark difference between being ahead of your team mate because he's ruining his own races despite having pace (Button v Hamilton in 2011), and being ahead of your team mate because he's consistently moving backwards every weekend and lacking pace in general, not just in the race, but in quali aswell.
Is he moving backwards? Take qualifying, he was only 0.3 seconds behind Hamilton in Q2. That has been the rough gap for most of the season, yet the field is so close that it was the difference between being comfortably in the top 10 and only just scraping it through someone else making a mistake.
His race pace was shocking in Canada but that could
just be down to setup work. We know that Jenson isn't happy and is unable to extract performance when the car feels a little bit off. With the temperature changes and lost time it's perhaps not that surprising he struggled so much.
Yes, Jenson is certainly moving backwards.
I could put it another way and say that people behind Button are moving forwards while he is not, but that's just another way of saying Jenson is moving backwards.
Being 0.3 seconds behind in Q2 doesn't really mean a lot as you only go as fast as you need to in Q2. Jenson used all his tyres to get 0.3 seconds behind someone who wasn't really pushing.
I'm not saying that the lack of setup time didn't hamper Jenson, I'm just saying that his performance on both Saturday and Sunday are on par with his recent form even without technical hitches and I'm doubting that it all came down to setup time as there is obviously something going on with him.
Even his engineer after the race in Canada, said something along the lines of "Okay Jenson, we're going to have to sit down and talk about this as this isn't what either of us needed today". It apparently wasn't aired, but the Sky team picked it up and commented on it.
It seems like even with a lack of running, the team still thought he should be doing better.