It could explain it depending on exactly what the differences between the set ups were, and exactly how the track conditions interacted with those differences. For example, if the dry set up was prone aquaplaning of the plank in very wet conditions, lifting the plank sufficiently would mean no aquaplaning and so more grip, more confidence, lower lap timed.Pingguest wrote: ↑Mon Apr 20, 2020 10:11 pmEven if Schumacher had a 'full wet-weather' set-up and Williams a dry-weather set-up, it doesn't explain Schumacher being four to five seconds per lap quicker than the opposition.Just_a_fan wrote: ↑Thu Apr 16, 2020 3:33 pmSpain 1996 is on youtube as the whole race.
It's often stated that this showed Schumacher's mastery of the rain. Some say that Ferrari set up Schumacher on a full wet set up where the others such as Williams went for a normal dry set up assuming the conditions would improve. I don't know whether that's true.
However, as we don't know the exact differences in the set ups, we can't say either way.