Maelstrom wrote:Right now and Ferrari and Lotus are faster than Red Bull. I might even say that Merc are a little faster, but I won't, because Merc's pace is up in the air right now.
Please define faster.
I would be very careful to speak about car performance in such absolute statements. Otherwise you might have to eat your words in the next race.
It is much like the beginning of last year where we saw a lot of hit and miss with the setup and tyre adaptation.
The speed we see in Quali gives some indication of max performance but even that just shows if they can get the tyres into their optimum window.
The speed we see during the race is barely just optimum tyre preservation speed for each car. That might be very
different from max theoretical performance of the car.
That said Lotus and Ferrari seem to harmonise best with the tyres (so far). Which is a big plus these days.
The performance ranking might look somewhat differently with the 'good ol' Bridgestones.
From a pure design perspective I like the RB and the Ferrari best this year. You can really see the aerodynamic 'vision' behind these two cars. They are quite different in their approach yet they are the most pure and clean version of their respective approaches. Once/If they get the tyres sorted I tend to expect them to be the two top contenders throughout the season.
All others are blends between those two.