ak07 wrote: Schumi would like to be able to dial in more or less steering angle to play with the cars rotation. This can really only happen if the car, near the limit, will lose rear grip before front. This, to work, requires a car that is comparatively soft in the rear and stiff in the front. This doesn't mean the car is balanced incorrectly and it also doesn't mean it is not using the full potential of the available grip at both axles. It only means that when near the limit, instead of the front falling off in terms of grip, the rear will do so first.
Not sure I understand you here. This is what Schumi said? Or it is your understanding what he thinks about it? Or this is your driving experience?
Observations,interviews and for sure, some guessing. Just because we are not privy to telemetry doesn't mean we are 100% in the dark as far as a drivers technique goes.
I feel its pretty apparent just watching Schumacher this year in comparison to other drivers...he seems very hesitant to push in anyway that will have the rear move around at all. Whether thats the car not being able to be setup to be comfortable, whether its the tires etc. etc. I don't know.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=307n-6gyEqE
-Kimi and Schumi, I know, different cars, etc. etc. Look at the difference in style, its quite obvious Kimi has a more stable front end while schumi seems to be dealing with small oversteer situations in the middle of nearly every corner. Compare schumi here to a video of him in 2010, its quite obvious the car is not as front end dependent...or at least cannot be setup to be front end dependent without suffering from oversteer, which seems to be the case for Schumi in 2010.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uk2p2nRK-p4
-Obviously not as "in depth" as required to come to an actual hard conclusion, but there is mention of his use of the throttle more than the other drivers for more of the corner. Smoother throttle application would leave me to believe that the rear of the car would rotate too much with it setup the way schumacher's car was if he was to drive with more abrupt throttle inputs.
I'm sure there's a bunch of people here who will reply saying I have no proof, or I'm coming to a conclusion without any hard information etc. etc.
That's true. I still do think its fairly obvious just watching some onboards how different his driving is compared to his of previous years, to other drivers and to other drivers of previous years.
Alonso vs. Schumacher is a classic example. Pointy and twitchy Schumi seems to be best and a very stable rear and less direct front is when Alonso seems to be fast.
All I'm getting at is that tires affect a lot. Driving style affects a lot. Both have substantial effects on each other. I find it hard to argue that in anyway. Thus, I would be led to believe that changes in tires will effect both the drivers, some better, some worse and the development and pace of the cars, some better than others, some worse.