Gridlock wrote:Matters totally! You forget variables such as umm, the driver? The gear ratios, diff settings, KERs usage and harvesting choices, all sorts!
Identical grip graph, different results.
Either way it doesn't matter. In Canada there was no sudden drop off in performance from Alonso's car. I certainly spotted it with Hamilton just before he pitted, he was starting to struggle to maintain pace both visibly and from looking at the sector times. About five or six laps after Hamilton pitted you could again see in the sector times that Alonso was starting to struggle. You see small fluctuations in pace, as they struggle for grip and start compensating, having good and bad laps (you have to allow for traffic as well). But then you could VERY
clearly see a steady decline in pace.
The cliff was used throughout last year to describe the way in which the drop off in performance from the tyres was both sudden and unpredictable by the teams. There was no question of Ferrari being unable to predict it in Canada and nor was the onset sudden. He was slowing by a cumulative 0.2 seconds a lap, which over many laps adds up to a lot of time, but in and of itself is not sudden.
Perhaps Ferrari were surprised by Grosjean and Perez's pace and the fact they were able to maintain it even as their tyres aged. That I could believe, but there was no surprise at all about the way Alonso's own pace tailed off. They even had the data from Massa's run to show that this drop off would happen and how cumulatively severe it would be.