Ultimately Kovalainen's pace dropped off towards the end of his time with McLaren and he left the team after two years at the end of 2009. And he says racing alongside such a formidable team mate as Hamilton took its toll on him.
“I felt both years there it was hard for me. He was just that tiny bit faster all the time and I had to stretch every session.
"It was straight from the winter test, I always had to stretch to match him or be ahead of him. An average lap wasn’t good enough. And when you’ve done that for a year and a half, I kind of ran out of energy, and the second half of the second year, 2009 at McLaren, it’s fair to say that I drove below my own ability even."
I think Gasly just lost his confidence after T2(where he is very aggressive in braking/turn in).Just_a_fan wrote: ↑Thu Jun 11, 2020 8:12 amIt's mostly in the first 2 or 3 corners which makes me wonder if Max has just done a better job of preparing the tyres for the lap. But then if one looks at it frame by frame, there is a subtle difference in line. Gasly appears to be trying to force the car to the traditional clipping apex where Max is content to take a slightly different line allowing slightly earlier power or rather a slightly smoother application of power. Later in the lap, there's less sawing of the wheel by Gasly suggesting the rears have caught up and are at temperature. Max is still quicker through the slower stuff but now the lines are similar so he's probably just more comfortable where Gasly is worrying about the rear end still.
Yeah agree. Other than Seb being smoother inputs and Leclerc having corrective steering sometimes I cant see much difference between the 2 on this particular lap.
Well you're in luck.I think this is a good showing of their styles, and i think a track that is more about heavy braking into slow corners might push the balance more towards Leclerc while here it was a Vettel win.
Yes that's what I mean. If ever there was an "aggressive vs smooth" comparison I think this teammate comparison sums it up most.
Downhill hairpin is 8, I think u mean that? Before the uphill climb into the blended-braking 9/10 complex.Vettel goes for the long round corner, clear example in T4, when he understeers he has no answer just eats the loss, big time on T7 i think and also on the second to last corner.
When Leclerc (seemingly) overshoots the downhill 8/9 he still manages to get it turned.
S1 ends right before the "S", following the "S" there's a slow corner where Vettel fails to connect with the apex by a mile and understeers wide missing a good chunk of time.
Any situation where a car doesn't have good front warm up would play into Leclerc's hands, his more aggressive steering movements will certainly help in comparison to Vettel's slow loading up into a corner.Yes. Vettel understeers a bit more into turn 4 costing him in the following turns. And then he understeers again at the hairpin. Maybe cold tyres?
Yes T8. I dont think that's quite US though, that looks just like he missed his braking a bit and overshot.
Yes, 9-10. What's more striking is the line in the kink before that, imo. Leclerc is very close to the inside kerb and Vettel is clearly ignoring it somewhat.Immediately following that corner we have the double corner with downhill braking where Leclerc maybe brakes too late and struggles to turn and has to fight the car.
Agreed. Kimi has often said this is an issue with him too.My point when comparing these 2 moments, Vettel is more "exposed" in these slow corners, he misses the apex, the car doesn't rotate nowhere near as much as he wanted and that's it he doesn't have it in is his arsenal to wrestle it back, he has to wait.
But - while Vettel will have lower "energy peaks" they will be on for a longer duration. Somewhere in between, the "area under the curve" will be higher for VettelAny situation where a car doesn't have good front warm up would play into Leclerc's hands, his more aggressive steering movements will certainly help in comparison to Vettel's slow loading up into a corner.