Yea but the difference is with Baltimore is that the layout itself is ****ing retarded, regardless of the chicane. The chicane wouldn't be needed if they didn't set a layout of a street track over ****n tram lines.
His inconsistency was usually caused by inconsistent qualifying performances rather than being bad in the race. I'm not sure that's really that different anymore just a bad qualifying doesn't destroy your race in the same way it used to. He has always been a reasonably consistent performer in the races. I don't personally think he's past his best, he's probably performing better than he was during his championship year. He doesn't seem as fast as he used to be, but hard to know whether that's Grosjean being better than people give him credit for or vice versa.
For me what made Kimi pre ditching from F1 fun to watch was the speed he could deliver when everything was to his liking.
I think he and Fernando have both gone the same way, they no longer have the blistering speed of their youth, but have a more consistent approach. I couldn't see either of them repeating Monaco 05 qualifying for instance...
Someone knows how fast cars are going to be next year it seems.
I think the Renault will be the engine to have, they have an excellent track record when engine regs change and were definitely the engine to have in 2006 when they changed to V8s, only to lose out when they froze engines and the rest didn't stop developing.
Of course all speculation. but i think the engine package will be more then 50% on what makes the car next year, so even midfielder teams with the best engine will likely be getting a few podiums.
Don't see a year Kimi has had a car anywhere near as fast as the 2005 car relative to the rest of the field, and other then the two seasons that followed 2005 I would say the same about Alonso.
2005 blurs reality because the Mclaren was leaps and bounds faster then everything, more so then any RedBull we have seen but had the worst reliability possible, barely ever started from the front due to constantly changing engines and getting penalties and then retiring many races.