Regarding bahrain, Raikkonen was 7 tenths off vettel's fastest lap , so fastest lap in a race is no indication of front running pace .Hamilton could have driven more intelligently but that has never been his strongest characteristic. And what is wrong with mclaren stopping a couple of laps early? At that stage of the season undercutting was the far better option.
Truth is hamilton lost out on a possible championship due to reliability issues. In button's case ,even if he had no reliability issues he wouldn't have been competing for the championship.
In Bahrain Lewis was complaining about his tyres a few laps it wasn't about undercutting but losing time due to the tyre deg before he actually pitted he was complaining on the radio a number of laps before he came in .
It is an indication of what the car was capable of The Lotus' and Red bulls were capable of more add that in with the extra tyre wear over everyone else and do you get a competitive package? Can you consider a car that is slower AND eating up the tyres harder as having the pace of the front runners?
Monaco has usually not much to do with pace. Strategy was the problem.
Bahrain: 3 slow pit stops cost Hamilton a much better result
Valencia was more about tyre wear than pace
Barcelona the car was one of the fastest
Canada & Hungary Hamilton won, so the pace was there when the team made no mistakes.
Would a better pace at those 3 races won McLaren the titles? Compared to the amout of point they lost due reliabillity ot slow stops, team mistakes?
For Jenson Button, would a faster car have really helped him, during his slump from Bahrain till Gemany?
I doubt this.
Btw I did not hear Hamilton complain about being too slow at those races you listed up.
In Monaco he was complaining about not being able to go any faster on the radio. Yet when in clean air Seb was able to pull faster laps as was Alonso. So you have two Red Bulls a Ferrari and a Merc all able to lap faster.
before he made his 1st stop IIRC.
Valencia if you are slow due to excess tyre wear have you the pace?
I foolishly thought if a car was slower it was slower regardless of the reasons why. What next it wasn't off the pace just had bad [enter name of dodgy component here] ? the tyres are just another part of the car, if it isn't working them right and that slows the car then they reduce the cars pace. Otherwise you might as well say the Merc had the pace this year. They were slow due to tyres. But no one suggests they had the pace all season.
Who mentioned Barca, Canada or Hungry?
So, the 3 races you mentioned, where McLaren made it worse due to mistakes cost them the titles?
Where would Jenson have been at:
Bahrain with a faster car 15? or 11th instead of 18th?
Valencia 6th instead of 8th?
Monaco 12th insted of hitting a Caterham?
maybe 3rd at Bahrain (without the slow stops)
3rd at Monaco
2nd at Valencia? with more pace & without Maldonado
Buttons statement about lacking pace cost them the titles, is BullSh**!
Whom does he try to fool?