maxxer wrote: ↑
Mon Jul 29, 2019 11:33 pm
Capharol wrote: ↑
Mon Jul 29, 2019 10:53 pm
Diesel wrote: ↑
Mon Jul 29, 2019 7:23 pm
Interesting race. The biggest take-away for me is that the FIA is truly lost without Charlie Whiting. RIP Charlie, you a sorely missed.
The race should have been red flagged restarted when Leclerc went off. Lots of cars on slicks on a very wet circuit. It's almost as if Bernie was in control. A driver was walking on circuit and drivers were left carry on at racing speed. Disgusting. Absolutely appalling. Leclerc could have very well joined his best friend Bianchi.
don't overreact here, LeClerc wasn't the only one going off in that area so keep it cool .... and this was far away of being red flagged, but i guess you rather love to look at checker or see the grass grow....
The teams made massive mistakes how could they even go out on mediums while there was barely a dry line. The strategy boys will have to go back to do their homework for sure. and the "get in there lewis" guys will have to learn how to say stay of the wet parts of the circuit.
If you look up the data you'll see why. Magnussen took a risk, he went out on slicks as people nearing the back take risks. Without looking up the numbers again lets say Mag pitted on say lap 21-22, he went pretty fast and sped up over a few laps then did one lap faster than Hamilton. Factor in a slower car, but also that the inters are nearly slicks at this point but with small groves so marginally better grip, but no where near the water displacement of full new inter tires, and lastly that he only went 0.7 seconds faster than Hamilton. I think Verstappen pitted on the very next lap so I can understand teams seeing that Mag time and going we can go slicks now, also their inters were gone but again remember their inters were closer to slicks and pretty safe.
The giant issue was Magnussen on that next lap was 1.2 seconds slower than Hamilton, that's a 1.9 second lap time drop compared to Hamilton. It started raining again that lap, not heavily but enough to make a difference. Keep in mind that last corner has this flat area of asphalt that doesn't drain water, it also means that any rain doesn't soak into the ground there as it does the rest of the track and slowly get wetter, it hits that asphalt and immediately flows down over the track so the second it's even light rain S3 gets bad VERY fast.
So Verstappen pitted with the team thinking Mag on slicks is the fastest guy on track in a way slower car, not a big leap that it was time for slicks.
Verstappen spins like --- in the final sector and could just as easily have spun on the outside and gone off like Leclerc/Ham. I think Bottas came in about the same lap, Leclerc came in the next lap maybe and Ham presumably was in the pits or had pit before Leclerc actually hit the wall. However I think when Ham and probably Leclerc pitted they would have seen the verstappen spin, and had an extra lap or two to react to Mag's dropping times and various radio calls saying it's getting wetter in S3.
It makes absolute sense why some of these guys went on to slicks because as often happens they wait for someone to risk it then jump as the guy on slicks becomes fastest. It's just that the lap after that happened rain started which screwed up the race completely for some people.
Merc with 2 laps over Verstappen, I think made a truly boneheaded call for Ham. he apparently asked for the inters, not sure if he told them it was raining in S3 but probably did, they also had two laps to see Mag dropped almost 2 seconds to Hamilton. If Ham pits to inters, one stop, safe on track, track position, probably cruises to the finish line.
Verstappen's pitstop I think was the usual RBR instant reaction and very very bad luck for it to rain, then extreme luck that even though he lost it just like Leclerc and Hamilton, the outcome wasn't bad.