Webber vs. Vettel's Red Bull, Massa vs. Alonso's Ferrari: Unequal Cars?

Barry RosenbergContributor IIMarch 28, 2011

Are all team cars definately equal?
Are all team cars definately equal?Mark Thompson/Getty Images

This observer wonders about apparent inequities between some team cars. One wonders about Mark Webber's Red Bull having a chassis problem, while Sebastian Vettel's does not. One wonders about Lewis Hamilton, a one-time champion, being able to take his McLaren farther up the track than one-time champion Jenson Button.

Felipe Massa, a Ferrari driver with several years with the team and obviously championship-worthy, is unable to keep pace with new Ferrari teammate, two-time champion Fernando Alonso. Why would this be so?

We all love F1 dearly, and we are stunned at the stupendous skill and judgment of the drivers. Perhaps three dozen people on earth are able to drive a formula one car properly, and this rare talent exists in those who are able to function with the digital, computer-like precision of all the other high-tech parts of a Formula One car.

Ask any one of them to pick up the pace a second or drop a second, nurse the tires or conserve brakes, and they can do it. To me, it's almost miraculous.

Therefore I wonder why, if team cars are virtually identical and the only differences are individual driver preferences of one driver or the other, there is so often a lead driver and a second driver.

Sometimes, I know, there is something in the spirit, in the karma, in the mood of one driver over the other that makes the one dominant. But why is it so often consistent?


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