marcush. wrote:the cobbler ?
raymondu999 wrote:I think it plays both ways marcush. Some drivers drive in certain ways that really are somewhat specialised for certain circuits and/or car characteristics, and there are cars/tracks that really are prima donnas in that they shirk off every driving style/line except for a few.
I remember reading somewhere a while back that for example, Keke Rosberg vs Alain Prost. Prost is quite a smooth driver, and trail brakes a lot up to the apex. Keke was a bit more exciting, sliding the rear into corners etc. I don't remember the specific example the article used, or why it was Keke and Alain being used in the article, but they said that Keke was quicker at times because of this. But then came the turbo era and because Prost kept the car relatively on rails (as JT would point out - the tyres would trchnically be having a bit of slip) then he could use the power to power out. While Keke couldn't because he lost so much time trying to regain traction - which Prost had used to power out.
As ever, it all depends upon circumstance and conditions. Back in the turbo days, the oversteering Keke Rosberg could not hold a candle at McLaren to the understeering Alain Prost – and for John Barnard, the team's technical director of the time, the reason was very simple: "Alain would set the car up in a way that to any other driver would feel like it had massive understeer, but he had a way of getting the car into the corner early [with his overlapping of braking and cornering], which for a turbo was fantastic, because it meant he could get early on the power and we could give him some traction. Keke, by contrast, was last of the late brakers and really liked to turn the car very quickly. To do that you need a set-up that's a bit light on rear grip – and that just wasn't the way with these cars because it meant you didn't have the traction to use all that huge power."
timbo wrote:The funny think is that I've seen Schuey compared to Alain, and Schuey prefers slightly oversteering cars.
Lycoming wrote:For sure Hamilton has adapted his style somewhat to suit the current range of tyres. But I don't think its reasonable to expect him to go full Button on that wheel.
mariano wrote:(from Peter Windsor in various F1 Racing)
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