Ahhh, this debate.
To give you a 'Cliffnotes' on last years discussion, we:
Compared lap times of the best players on wheel vs controller - Evenly Matches
Have to take into account a WIDE range of variables - Driver ability, time and effort on pad vs wheel.
That ALL players should have a even and competitive arena to compete
After 36 hours claiming that pad is better than wheel or wheel being better than pad is just assumptions on your gameplay style and choices. With all respect, its not nearly long enough to even get to a consistant standard and familiarity with the game. It is very much a game based on meritocracy. If you are fast, you are fast, regardless of the equipment you use. I'm better on the wheel than the pad because I practice on that more because its more fun for me. But, I'm pretty close with the pad because of my driving experience and playing racing games. I'm still a midfield driver in a very good racing community regardless. I have good days and bad ones, like in real racing. Some places I'm quick, some I need to practice on.
There is no competitive advantage over the course of a lap from equipment to equipment.