Ergh, all this talk of Hamilton "putting the car where it wasn't supposed to be"... If the car qualified 2nd, then that's where it was capable of qualifying, enough with that "not supposed to be" nonsense.
He locked up and missed apexes, that's not "dragging it by the scruff of the neck" that's over driving it and losing time. He locked up and went wide on a few corners, if he'd have made the apex at those corners, he would have been on pole - locking up and missing an apex does not mean going faster. The subtleties are in the parts where he DIDN'T lock up, in the parts where he took good speed into and through corners etc.
If the McLaren wasn't, on an ideal lap from everyone, meant to be on the front row, it was because others failed, not because he "drove the car to where it wasn't supposed to be", ergh.
Yeah alright, fact is that he got that car so close to a car that was well over a second quicker than his throughout practice
, it might not have been pretty but he got the best out of that car, pretty doesn't always mean faster.
I think that Hamilton drove a really good lap, but then so did Vettel and while it is a close call I would give it to Vettel because he got the pole and was sensational throughout the weekend.
And before you go "Yeah but it was all about the car", you say that the Red Bull was over a second faster in practise while I say it wasn't so then lets look at it with an open mind
1. Vettel was quickest throughout
2. On average Hamilton was 0.052 sec faster than Webber
3. On average Hamilton was 0.462 sec faster than Button
4. On average Webber was 0.408 sec faster than Button
5. On average Webber was only 0.178 sec faster than the McLarens
6. On average Vettel was 1.139 sec faster than Webber
7. On average Vettel was 1.085 sec faster than Hamilton
8. On average Vettel was 1.547 sec faster than Button
9. On average Vettel was 1.316 sec faster than the McLarens
You talk of Vettel's fans being closed minded then you say that the Red Bull CAR
"was well over a second quicker than his throughout practice" when it clearly was not, it was only well over a second quicker in practise in Vettels hand's and he was on average 1.139 sec faster throughout practise than his team mate. You don't think that maybe this had something to do with him being able to adapt to a new track quicker than others, I mean in first practise he was 1.4 sec quicker than anyone else and 2.4 sec faster than his team mate as others were battling to adapt to the new track and he just found the right line very early on; others did get closer in the 2nd and 3rd practise sessions once they had adapted to the new track.
The fact that Vettel adapted to this new track so quickly and went so much faster than everyone else is proof of how good he really is.
However in your "so called" open mind it was all about the car. Your statement in an earlier post that "Vettel fans are the most narrow minded I have ever come across" works exactly the opposite way, those that are against Vettel are clearly narrow minded all that you guys see is this Red Bull car in your heads you cannot allow yourselves in any way means or form to see that a lot of the reason that the Red Bull is so quick is down to the driver, yes it is a very good car but in Vettel's hands it becomes a great, almost unbeatable, car.
Here's some narrow mindedness for you. The world according to the people against Vettel:
Vettel wins in a TR - it's all about the car
Vettel comes from behind to win the 2010 WDC - it's all about the car
Vettel dominates the 2011 WDC while his team mate finishes 3rd - it's all about the car
Vettel goes from 11th to 5th in China 2012 - I think that was all about the team and their strategy and the car
Vettel comes from the pit lane to finish on the podium in Abu Dhabi 2012 - it's all about luck and the car
Vettel wins two WDC's in a row and is heading for his 3rd - it's all about Newey and the car
Etc, etc, etc and so forth and so on..............
It's never about Vettel with you guys is it, at least Vettel fans do concede that Hamilton and Alonso are both top class drivers it's just that they are not as good as Vettel.