this years tyres allows cars to be different and just as fast which is good for racing
tyres now wears off via the force it generates which is the function of downforce and wear
The cars that has the downforce can drive faster in a single lap while the car that has less downforce and drive faster in the straight, the trick is to get a good balance between the two.
cars that are good at qualifying and therefore has more downforce: (in order)
-Mclaren (great qualifying pace at Valencia, slow in the race)
-Redbull (great qualifying pace in Valencia, Silverstone, Bahrain; Valencia had Lotuses not been held up RG would have Challenge Vettel for the win)
-Mercedes (good at qualifying and slowly improving race pace)
-Ferrari (better race pace at the start of the season, the car has gotten easier to drive and improved qualifying)
cars that are good at the race and has good top speed: (in order)
-Sauber (Always had amazing race pace, but hardly in Q3)
-Lotus (gotten into Q3 easily, but never look like challenging pole, great race pace)
-Williams (3rd in terms of race pace, with better qualifying)
The race pattern goes like this, high downforce cars has to go slower than it can do, lower downforce cars qualify in the back and fights with better tyre life, the reason why lotus hasnt won a race is because when it never qualify in the front row and it always gets blocked by cars that are conserving tyres. if they qualify lower they could actually had more clear air to use their pace as well as more sets of new tyres, but it is always a risk starting from the back.
Cars with Ferrari engines: good in rain because of special driving map they have, can anyone verify this?