makecry wrote: ↑
Wed Jul 18, 2018 7:44 am
Vasconia wrote: ↑
Wed Jul 18, 2018 7:34 am
saviour stivala wrote: ↑
Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:12 pm
At the last race there was no question that FERRARI was the better and faster car.
Was better on qualy, but in the race??? I have my doubts.
Mark Hughes had an article on it. Ferrari was faster by 0.026s in race trim.
In case you haven’t seen it:
https://www.motorsportmagazine.com/opin ... ilverstone
I do think there’s an omission from the article - namely how Bottas was getting pretty close in the second stint.
Vettel says he had it completely under control and was managing the tyres - whereas we saw Bottas run out of tyres despite a long time behind th safety car - so this totally stands to reason. But Hughes’ article doesn’t mention that - in fact he says Vettel was slowly increasing his gap in the second stint, which simply isn’t true.
My view is that the Ferrari had worse tyre management than the Mercedes on that day, so Vettel was consciously being extremely careful with his second set, allowing Bottas to close down, but it’s completely impossible to accurately determine who was faster from th data we have. If it’s true that Mercedes personnel tend to agree that Ferrari were quicker, that’s probably much more reliable.