flynfrog wrote:whats the story behind the picture chris? Brake fire?
Yes, during FP1. So Mercedes probably initially misjudged the amount of brake duct opening they needed.
"We're really on the edge here with the brakes, because if you cool them more you lose performance. You open up the car [for cooling], so you lose downforce and you go slower. So you always want to try to be on the edge, and here specifically it's quite difficult because we are so high up. The air is very thin, so it doesn't flow very well through the car."
"Cooling is going to be a problem for everyone this weekend. We're going to have to manage it, but everyone is in the same position."
That's why I was surprised by the difference in altitude compared with all the other tracks. The cars are really on the edge of the design envelope here.