TAG wrote: ↑
Mon Mar 11, 2019 12:06 am
One of the consequences of the midfield bunching up is going to be there's not going to be any chance for the front runners to try and get through Q2 on the harder compounds.
It depends upon how far ahead OR how close to the mid-field the leaders are. If the performance difference remains as it has been in the last few years, then leaders would have a choice for Q2 runs.
When the regulations changed massively for 2017, it did not do any magic to bring the mid-field closer, where the opportunity to come closer was much bigger. So, I don't expect the relatively smaller set of changes for 2019 would bring them any closer. The budgets, resources, experience and talent that the top teams possess, is far beyond what the mid-field could even imagine. Any regulation change, would only further that gap.
We also need to understand that, when these regulation changes were being planned, it was the top teams who were providing inputs, doing POCs and providing data to formulate these changes as they have budgets and resources to do so. Mid-field had no idea what was going on and obviously, that means, head start for leading teams.
Come qualifying, if the likes of Haas/McLarens/Alfa/STR/RP are any lesser than 1.5 seconds behind pole, I would be surprised.