It's classic chaos theory, but F1 2012 is no lottery

It's classic chaos theory, but F1 2012 is no lottery

The 2012 Formula 1 season has thrown up a sequence of surprising, record-breaking, results – and attracted criticism for it too – but it's not the lottery some have suggested, as Jonathan Noble explains

It's been labelled by some as chaos. With six different winners, six different men setting fastest laps and five different drivers on pole position so far this year, Formula 1 has faced a fair bit of criticism that its most unpredictable of seasons is delivering nothing more than a lottery.

The fingers of angry fans have been pointing at Pirelli – whose degrading tyres have been singled out as the key factor now deciding performance. Those who are unhappy suggest that it's become total luck as to whether or not a team can switch its tyres on over a particular weekend: if they do, they win, if they don't, it's game over.

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