sorry crusty, i am not in any way convinced by your argument. would you have the same outlook if williams had not pulled off a singular win?
Yes. before Spain, I was enjoying the battle at the front this season a lot more than 2011. Perez' drive in Malaysia, Rosberg's win in China, and the constant catching, passing or otherwise, or successful nursing of tyres has been really good fun, as Im sure others on here would agree.
you say that the tyres are constant. i don't think they are. the tracks are constant insofar as they don't change in design or layout. the variables are the tyres due to compounds/construction and the reactions to temperature fluctuations.
There are 4 different tyre compounds which have been set and have been a constant since winter testing began.
There are 20 different track layouts, some of which are more abrasive on tyres, some are less so. Some wear the fronts more, some wear the rears.
There are 12 completely different car designs in the field with thousands of different components, and with literally millions of different set-ups permeatations, each of which will affect tyre performance. How each car reacts to each compound of tyre will vary, as will how each car uses its tyres at each track, and each design will be affected differently depending on track temperature.
Therefore, the biggest unknown is the car, not the tyre.
If you ask me, the likes of RedBull are suffering the most due to losing the EBD which glued the car to the track under braking, mid-corner and under acceleration. Now they have lost it, they have had to make the biggest adjustment to tyres that are suddenly and unsurprisingly wearing a lot more.
Hard cheese. The tyres are the same for everyone.