Post by M2T Post by Sir Tim Post by M2T
Sebastien Buemi fucked up and received a 60 second S/S penalty, leaving
No8 nearly 2+ minutes behind the non-winning Toyota. Fred took over the
car and he's been taking 6 and 7 seconds a lap off the other one. Fuck
all to do with ability, he's been allowed to use party mode.
It just looked like great driving to me, but what do I know?
No one makes up to 10 seconds a lap on an equal car. The Toyota had
plenty in hand and Fred was allowed to use it. He was helped by Lopez
driving like a little old lady and some unusually long pit stops for the
Kamui Kobayashi 'missed' a refueling stop and had a slow lap to ensure
Fred's car had a nice lead in the last couple of hours.
A totally hollow victory, up there with Singapore 2008.
So where were the purple and green sectors from Fred during this party mode
stint that you are claiming existed?
Fred did no more than drive consistently quickly in those laps in the night.
He was a long way off the 3:17.6 that Buemi posted early on (accepting that
night time temps etc clearly have an impact) and whilst he was out-pacing
the #7 car at the time by 1 or 2 seconds per lap consistently, it really
doesn't look like he was given anything special as the other car had
similar best laps during that period - they just weren't as consistent.
I don't disagree btw that the fuelling penalty / missing the pitstop does
look suspiciously like then wanted to arrange things for the finish, but
I don't think his nighttime stints look that suspicious to me.