Big Tea wrote: ↑
Tue Oct 27, 2020 11:08 pm
Edax wrote: ↑
Tue Oct 27, 2020 10:56 pm
Big Tea wrote: ↑
Tue Oct 27, 2020 9:45 pm
I guess the short wheelbase and high rake not going to help. But I am not sure whether this is the issue with Albon, since the TR is basically the same platform.
One thing I can think of is that the top cars seem to run the tires much closer to the edge. In the midfield you can see people fighting for the entire race and still have tires at the end. Try to follow someone for 3 laps in a RB, Ferrari, or Merc, or push too hard on an outlap and you will be counting blisters. In order to unlock the performance of these cars tire management skills count more than racing skills. Albon has shown that he can race, but I am not so sure whether he can make the tires work for him.
He seems to suffer more in qualli than in the race, so would it be tyre related? Also, I don't know red bull would find his feedback (well, by feed back I mean call him in to look at his tyres) much use for Max, which seems to be his job.
Also, being worse in qualli seems to lead to it not being a problem following cars as it is usually possible to get him on track in a gap, even if not at the ideal moment. He could even chose a different tyre to max (unless RbR insist, so they can use the data, but if he is on the option it is just as useful to know about the tyre Max is going on to)
Surely they can make or adapt a wing to give him the balance, if it is less on the front or more on the back.
Is it something that makes the flow so touchy that it is like a switch? it works or not, nothing in between?
Thanks for the reply, appreciated, and not intending to shoot you down or anything, don't take it that way.
I absolutely don’t find your post offensive in any way, but thanks for the consideration.
As to whether tires matter in Q, I think Bottas threw away a pole by not heating the tires properly and Vettel ended up fighting a Williams because he couldn’t get his tires dialed in, so it can be a factor in Q.
But I am not sure. I just noticed that he seems to slide more and longer than Verstappen, it does not seem particularly twitchy, more less grippy. As you say balance they should be able to tune in, and I assume he is already running more DF than VES. Nursing the tires is up to the driver, and it seems to be a bigger factor than ever, (Even the mighty Merc looked as stable a platform as a fiat multipla on cold tires).
That is why I was probing that angle.