Well normally in a restart the first driver has a massive advantage since that one can determine the pace and determine when to launch the car. Usually that means that driver has a rather massive advantage at the restart. That is what you'll see at pretty much every other venue.Wass85 wrote: ↑Sun Nov 17, 2019 10:40 pmThat's what I thought at first but it's pretty obvious it was the wrong call for these reasons.Big Tea wrote: ↑Sun Nov 17, 2019 10:33 pm(discounting the collision) what was to lose? one place either way. I see it as the best call with the knowledge they had.Wass85 wrote: ↑Sun Nov 17, 2019 10:30 pmIn hindsight looking back Mercedes were foolish to keep Hamilton out at the end. We saw how easy Verstappen passed Hamilton after the first stops so there's no way in hell he could have held him off.
James Vowles surely has to go, one swallow does not make a summer for him IMO.
The team better be working on a new engine for next season or else they are going to be swallowed up from the get go.
1. Hamilton couldn't hold Verstappen off on tyres of a similar age after the first stop.
2. Didn't the team realise that during a safety car the pack is bunched up, this means that you have fast cars on your gearbox with fresh tyres.
3. The Mercedes was very slow up the hill, Mercedes knew this and surely understood they would be a sitting duck once others have DRS.
But at Interlagos it is not that simple. The last few corners are rather high speed. Going too soon will make that the pursuing car has a long toe. Also given there is no slow corner to pounce from, there's opportunity to bunch the field up and take everybody by surprise. That and Verstappen was really on the money.
Though Hamilton would have lost the position anyway. The difference in tyre was really big.