I feel you are asking the wrong question here. The question is not "what good is it to hide your true pace?" - it's rather "what good is it to show your true pace?" What advantage is there?
As long as the team can correlate the data between what they built in the factory and the simulation they ran and their on track performance, why show more than they need to?
namao wrote:What do you think about this "fastest-car order" for Melbourne 2016 based on what we saw at testing?
4. Force India
5. Toro Rosso
GoranF1 wrote:Mclaren has considerbly better drivers than Renault an Sauber.
flickerf1 wrote:GoranF1 wrote:Mclaren has considerbly better drivers than Renault an Sauber.
Agreed, but the drivers from Renault and Sauber are still young. They've yet to grow into their prime. Jenson and Fernando both started way back in 2000 and 2001. Don't write them off yet.
I think they will be fighting it out with Williams for 3rd place. DR seems to support that. We may see the oddball podium from Williams/RB throughout the year and possibly one from TR or FI early in the season.
Vasconia wrote:I dont know what will happen with Mercedes, but behind them we could have a great battle.
henra wrote:Vasconia wrote:I dont know what will happen with Mercedes, but behind them we could have a great battle.
Hmmm, dunno, I rather see a battle between Ferrari ans Merc with still a slight advantage for Merc and then a battle between Williams&RB followed by a battle between FI and TR. And then comes the rest.
dot235 wrote:Alright first of all you need to turn up the engine to make sure it won't go to flames during qualy.
So how do you hide your pace with EPU running max power?
digitalrurouni wrote:So this is going to be a noob question but Merc racked up so many miles in testing. Do we know how many engines, chassis and gearboxes they used for the test? I think they used 2 engines - 1 for each test, 2 gearboxes - 1 for each test and 2 chassis 1 for each test just split between the 2 drivers. That sound about right? And if I am not mistaken I think the gearbox conked out in the last test when Lewis was in the car right? And I also think it would be right to assume that engine allocation this year is 5 engines for the entirety of the season for each driver right? And the engines used in the test don't count against that allocation I would think.
I think this year there will be tracks especially street circuits like Singapore where Ferrari will reign superior and even Moncao as well. The other non-street circuits Mercedes will have the advantage. Ferrari are known to be easier on the tires so on hot temperature circuits once again Ferrari will reign over the Mercedes. Unless Mercedes really went all out and knowing full well what their weaknesses were from last year they nailed it down and made a 'perfect' car. I highly doubt that is even possible IMHO.
Phil wrote:That's the problem right there. They don't, because they weren't really doing qualy runs. They might use different engine modes during different stages to test its reliability and how power delivery is (although they would know that from extensive dyno testing, as well as data from last year). In the end, the team is not interested to set record lap times because you don't get points for that in testing. You want to make sure your aero works the way it should and how your car performs with the tyres and how that degredation is, as also testing those new parts they have been bolting on to get a better understanding in what has which effect. They could be doing that on engine maps where performance is reduced somewhat, so that the drivers are all just pushing to the limits of that map.
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