Originally Posted by Yossarian™
Not bad, but Lotus, and especially Mercedes, put up great showings in Qualifying.
Yes indeed. Shows how misleading Friday can be.
Matchett was saying that Mercedes have their rear suspension cranked down to get heat in the tires for qualifying. But that over longer stints in a race, that same setup will severely degrade the tires.
Catalunya typically favors the pole sitter. But if Mercedes has greater tire wear than the other contenders, then maybe this is the year a non-pole sitter wins the race. My hope is that Vettel can't pass Rosberg early and is within a second of the car behind him when DRS opens up on lap 3. That way he can be passed and shoved a bit further down the field when Rosberg's tires die.