F1 » Blundell: Raw pace vs tyre-management will decide McLaren duel

Former grand prix star and ITV-F1 pundit Mark Blundell shares his views with Crash.net on the intriguing internecine scrap set to play out between world champions and countrymen Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button at McLaren-Mercedes in F1 2010

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March 08, 2010 4:09 PM

Personally, I do genuinly believe that is the raw pace that will win over. The way I look at is...it's all well and good Jenson being able to conserve his tyres and whatever, but if he qualifies a few places below Lewis then he'll be stuck behind other cars and in the time he looses, Lewis can be making up time for another pitstop if necessary. I don't even think that Lewis will suffer as much as everyone is making out anyway :p


March 08, 2010 4:20 PM

Raw pace is fine for short stints or qualyfying but if a driver has to bang in a few qualifying style laps to make a gap for a pit stop, they will need the tyres to be in a reasonable condition and not shot to pieces. Smoothness always pays dividends when the tyres are needed to be good. Look at the real greats - Schumacher, Prost, Senna, Lauda, Clark, Stewart, Fangio etc - all one thing in common. A smooth driving style which allowed them to be aggressive at key moments in a race. I've seen Jackie Stewart on TV a few times and he always says the same thing about driving style. Smoothness is key.

I'll believe Jackie Stewart over Mark Blundell any day.



March 08, 2010 4:23 PM
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But who knows? Hamilton may have changed his driving style in which case it'll be close.

Something I haven't seen raised when comparing smooth/aggressive driving styles is fuel consumption. Obviously a more aggressive style will use more fuel. I wonder if some of the "hard chargers" will end up pushing the car home?

And to the Hamilton brigade - relax, I'm not having a dig at Hamilton before you all get shirty. Just weighing up aggressive and smooth driving styles.

ElioForever - Unregistered

March 08, 2010 5:04 PM


I agree with the comment about smooth driving styles and the drivers you mentioned except one... Senna? During the no refuelling era in the eighties Senna's staccato throttle control was very heavy on fuel according to Peter Warr and Ron Dennis hence him running out of fuel a fair few times and generally he was electing to stay out on knackered tyres, Estoril and Monaco vs Mansell very memorable to me...

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