Just_a_fan wrote: ↑
Sat Dec 08, 2018 1:55 am
The idea is to have two lines that allow both cars to maximize lap time. Go wide on a current track, you lose time. You go wide because you can't follow close on line. It's just an idea. It's something different to the same old stuff we've had before.
I think they tried some of this at Sepang. A banked corner onto the last straight and adverse camber on the corner before the finish. I seem to remember it had only a small benefit.
I think a problem with such attempts is the “rubbering in” process. Unless the differing lines both,or all, get rubbered in to the same extent there’s always going to be one that’s better and the likelihood is the other will get marbled and fall even further behind.
Thermal degradation tyres, as opposed to mechanical war, have improved matters a bit. But once a race is underway the difference between the “normal” line and the rest of the track gets worse and worse. See Hamilton vs Verstappen at COTA.
The only way I can see to improve this is rock hard tyres. 12 sets per season not 12 per race weekend. That, however, does away with pit stops, the TV directors’ favourite. It also negates the value of Friday practise sessions and the speculation that follows. The aero would still be a problem but at least cars could run two abreast through corners.
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