Moose wrote: ↑
Tue Jul 18, 2017 5:47 pm
Spoutnik wrote: ↑
Tue Jul 18, 2017 5:36 pm
Moose wrote: ↑
Tue Jul 18, 2017 5:07 pm
This is a clear Mercedes track as far as I'm concerned.
They were so dominant through Maggots and Beckets at Silverstone that I can't see this going any other way.
I don't know why everyone is saying it's a Mercedes track. Ok it's maybe one of the track where it's the most difficult to beat Lewis nevertheless it's a hot temperature track, with not so many hard braking point, not so many high speed sector, and not so many high speed corner (it's more about medium speed corner in the S2). I think it's more a track who will hide how much Ferrari are behind Mercedes, and also who will see Red Bull on the podium at least (they will come with a big upgrade I heard on Canal +).
Hot temperature is a fair point.
Re hard braking points - I don't see why you think that's Mercedes' advantage - Monaco demonstrated that hard braking points are their weakness, not their strength.
Re being about medium speed corners - no - it's about medium to high speed corners. Most of the important corners on the track are in the 180-250km/h range, which is exactly the kinds of corners that Mercedes has been stretching its legs at recently.
It's true that it also has a bunch of 100-150km/h corners, but we have little evidence to categorize those either as Mercedes or Ferrari territory. No circuit since Spain (where the Mercedes changed completely) has had any significant number of them.
About hard braking points I think it's a Mercedes advantage since the switch to Hybrid PU + Hamilton's style of driving increase that. It's down to their wheelbase, which is as you probably know the longest, and furthermore to their PU who still a little bit better, it give them a more powerful MGU-K harvesting, which gave also a better stability and balance on hard braking. I think the track who will show this really well will be Monza. But we've seen what I describe at Montreal for example, or during the past year at Monza where the Merc were simply unbeatable. And I think that's also why their MGU-K is so fragile, sensitive (especially in 2014, Canada failure, Abu Dhabi failure...)
For the medium (to almost high speed) corner it's a fair point, I was just saying this is not a high speed corner track, and Ferrari are not nowhere on high speed corner.
I think at Baku there was a lot of them 100-150kmh corner in the sector one ?