97% on lap time perhaps, but they're still full throttle down the straights, they're just cruising through the corners.
Seeing Perez doing a low 17 while Mark is doing 20s because he doesn't want to hurt his tyres just doesn't fascinate me that much. We're lucky it rained because I can say Mark really earned it, if not it would've been a really plod race.
Now, Pirelli are a differential, and it's not quite as team focused
The problem with the tyres is that they're dominating the show, stopping people from pushing and they're not something that the teams have command over. I'd rather not think about tyres at all to be honest, there's no sporting competition in the development of these tyres. The teams/cars mean less, the drivers aren't pushing for much of the races, and something that isn't developed in competition now dominates.
The Spain race was reasonably poo by the way, hey Fernando you're nice and quick oh no you got in the dirty air your tyres are now stuffed after 2 laps. Tops.
As for the RB5 approach, no, 2009 was a new set of rules that were somewhat open and the teams who did well were the ones that put the thought and time into their cars. This year, RBR, McLaren and Ferrari have been brought back to the field, not the field gaining on them. The FIA specifically went after like three areas that the top teams excelled at and banned them. It's not like 2008 at all where there was a problem, nothing to do with any particular team, that they were trying to solve.
I'm not opposed to rule set changes that require a 'reset', but just banning what makes the fast cars fast and then going on about how awesomely close is does irritate me somewhat.
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