mmred wrote: ↑
Sat Nov 25, 2017 4:56 pm
not really a DF circuit
De Jokke wrote: ↑
Sat Nov 25, 2017 3:25 pm
Who else feels surprised? Did Merc make up time on high DF circuits? Was expecting Ferrari on pole before the weekend, considering the twisty third sector.
when you have so long straights you have to make compromises and the overall level of DF is the result of other factors too as tyrewear, grip, temperatures. From similar redbull difficulties it seems that the compromise for everybody is Low Downforce, and the very slow sector favours optimal tyre temperature more than aero performance and that can be helped by some different suspension setup, that probably you pay on the straight or with tyrewear
If the circuit wasn't a downforce circuit, Williams and FI should have been ahead of Bulls and Renault.
Hulk put that Renault ahead of both Williams and FI, on a circuit that has two long straights. Shows something.
Any corner that can be taken over 130 requires very good level of downforce. There are also corners that are taken over 200, which requires very high and efficient downforce. Corners below 100, requires good mechanical grip that yields great traction at the corner exit as the torque that comes at the first and second gears can easily cause a lot of wheelspin due to the car being almost at stand still (in racing terms) at 60-70-80 kmph. Out of 21 corners, there are only 6 corners (spread across the circuit and not just in one sector) that are below 100 kph. Only two of them are below 70 kph.
Yas Marina, is definitely a track that requires a great deal of downforce for both mid-speed and high-speed corners. The sector 3 here, definitely was set to favor Mercedes as there are only 2 corners that could have favored Ferrari. That didn't happen either. So far this season, on tracks that are similar in nature, Ferrari has always been ahead of Mercedes in slower sections. More than Ferrari having lost anything, seems like Mercedes have managed to find something. I had commented in the race thread, where someone had pointed that Sector 3 will definitely be Ferrari sector, that it is not going to be that way as it only had 2 out of 11 corners that go below 100 kph. So, I am not surprised that Mercedes did better than Ferrari in S3.