If the gains are coming from the chasis/aero then it will translate into race pace... The reason why the top 3 have such a difference in race pace to the rest of the field is because a better chasis/aero allows you to not only manage the tires better, it also allows you to carry more speed during cornering... Which is probably the biggest factor for such a huge difference in pace during the race... By maintaining or achieving higher speeds during cornering, you save fuel (which can be used elsewhere in the lap), your exit speeds and therefore max speed after a corner are higher.Ground Effect wrote:OK, but I have to say, my bigger worry is the race pace, It was considerably higher than the gap in qualifying. 0.5secs gain there won’t stop them from being lapped.M840TR wrote: ↑Mon Feb 03, 2020 11:42 amIt’s about the gap to the top teams. They were ~1.5 sec off pole in 2019, so they want to defend 4th by narrowing this gap by a further 0.5 sec. Half a second gain year-on-year would leave them among the backmarkers as others’ relative gains would be more significant.Ground Effect wrote: ↑Mon Feb 03, 2020 9:01 amSo, I just needed a bit of clarification. Zak has said that, obviously McLaren can’t make or expect same kind of gains in 2020 as they did last year. So 0.5secs improvement being rumoured, are the reports suggesting net gains on the top teams or 0.5secs improvement between the 34 and the 35?
During the race a good chasis will make more of a difference than a good engine (Ferrari and Mercedes last year for example... Or Mclaren in previous seasons (not 2018) where their race pace was way higher than their qualifying pace).
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