LOL... it's like watching Ma and Pa trying to sort out the domestic chores. And I thought I was contentious.
It's quite clear that the term 'cliff' is used in direct correlation to the performance of the 2012 tyres, that is, the point at where the tyres go off (the tyres are good, the tyres are good, the tyres are good, cliff, the tyres are not as good). To what degree the tyres are not as good can be debated, but the term 'cliff' is what is used to describe that moment of change. To use the term 'cliff' in any other form or factor while discussing F1, is to intentionally confuse an already confusing issue.
Alonsos tyres hit the cliff. His tyre performance and subsequent race and lap performance went south.
Ferrari screwed up.
Whether you look at his times to another driver or not, his tyres passed the point of being good and became not so good very rapidly. There was no going back.
Now kiss and make up you two.
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