Isn't the one step harder compound the one every team would normally wish to start a race on? It's not a surprise anymore that Mercedes puts the most energy into the tyres, so I think it won't be a big deal for them to make them work properly in the race.GPR -A wrote: ↑Fri Aug 23, 2019 7:30 amClear give away from Mercedes that, they want to start the race on Mediums! So, come saturday, medium for Mercedes in Q2. Quite confident of their package to start the race on Mediums, whereas Ferrari and Red Bull are loaded with Softs.
Does anyone know how abrasive the Spa has become of late? In the past, Bahrain, Barcelona, Montreal and Silverstone used to be highly abrasive but due to relaying of new tarmac, they have become much smoother. Never heard of Spa having relaid the tarmac in the recent past, so that might be a reason why Mercedes is leaning more towards Mediums?
On tracks like Spa and Monza, the tyres tend to cool down a lot more due to the long straights and would require a lot more energy to be put into bring them back to life in the corner sections and may be that is why Ferrari and Red Bull are choosing Softs, whereas Mercedes seems to believe they can put more energy, but want more endurance to push the car harder in the race and hence Mediums?
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In 2018, Mercedes lost massive amounts of time at La Source and the Bus Stop chicane (this was before Mercedes started to completely turn around their poor performance in low-speed corners).
Quote me on this one, Red Bull will be as competitive as they were in Silverstone. They'll be right up there, but Ferrari will be much stronger both in the race and in qualifying.zibby43 wrote: ↑Fri Aug 23, 2019 8:14 pmIn 2018, Mercedes lost massive amounts of time at La Source and the Bus Stop chicane (this was before Mercedes started to completely turn around their poor performance in low-speed corners).
Ferrari are favorites for pole, but it's not a certainty. And the Merc will be mighty in race trim. Where Red Bull ends up will be interesting.
godlameroso wrote: ↑Sat Aug 24, 2019 1:05 amIdeal tire strategy? Soft up to lap 12, then 16 and 16 on mediums? Will be tricky to pull off but certainly faster than medium then hard. Weather forecast is not clear, it will be cloudy so it could rain, it could not, it could just be overcast. Getting a read on tire wear will be critical to the race. While the cars will get faster as the race wears on, the performance jump from new tires is more extreme.