2021 Bahrain Grand Prix - Sakhir, March 26 - 28

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Mercedes seems to handle fine.

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Sevach wrote:
Fri Mar 26, 2021 1:06 pm
Mercedes seems to handle fine.
As most of us suspected it would :lol: :lol:
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Two weeks of intense data analysis will do that!
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Sevach wrote:
Fri Mar 26, 2021 1:06 pm
Mercedes seems to handle fine.
I guess we need to wait until they start getting closer to the limit to see how the car drives.
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Sevach wrote:
Fri Mar 26, 2021 1:06 pm
Mercedes seems to handle fine.
From the onboards so far, looks a bit twitchy and understeers... could just be running more fuel, but definitely not as planted as the old oak trees I'm use to seeing on track.

The McLaren in comparison looks very good... again, fuel loads pending. Times are still a fair way off from what we were seeing in Testing a couple of weeks back unsurprisingly, so plenty of faster times to come.

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Merc understeers like Eddie Griffin in the Enzo.
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Sevach wrote:
Fri Mar 26, 2021 1:06 pm
Mercedes seems to handle fine.
If you consider monster understeer to be fine handling. It definitely doesn't look like the front wants to turn in.
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Schippke wrote:
Fri Mar 26, 2021 1:14 pm
Sevach wrote:
Fri Mar 26, 2021 1:06 pm
Mercedes seems to handle fine.
From the onboards so far, looks a bit twitchy and understeers... could just be running more fuel, but definitely not as planted as the old oak trees I'm use to seeing on track.

The McLaren in comparison looks very good... again, fuel loads pending. Times are still a fair way off from what we were seeing in Testing a couple of weeks back unsurprisingly, so plenty of faster times to come.
It's also a daytime session for a night race
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What's happening with Alpine?

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Just_a_fan wrote:
Fri Mar 26, 2021 1:22 pm
Sevach wrote:
Fri Mar 26, 2021 1:06 pm
Mercedes seems to handle fine.
If you consider monster understeer to be fine handling. It definitely doesn't look like the front wants to turn in.
It's definitely less twitchy and rear is not as loose as during testing. But yeah, it's still understeering a little too much, though that may be influenced by the fuel load?

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mkay wrote:
Fri Mar 26, 2021 1:24 pm
Just_a_fan wrote:
Fri Mar 26, 2021 1:22 pm
Sevach wrote:
Fri Mar 26, 2021 1:06 pm
Mercedes seems to handle fine.
Daytime practice for a night race.

If you consider monster understeer to be fine handling. It definitely doesn't look like the front wants to turn in.
It's definitely less twitchy and rear is not as loose as during testing. But yeah, it's still understeering a little too much, though that may be influenced by the fuel load?
Daytime practice for a night race.
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jjn9128 wrote:
Fri Mar 26, 2021 1:22 pm
It's also a daytime session for a night race
True, but in comparing it to the likes of the Red Bull or McLaren for example, they both look a lot nicer and planted on track.

Again, I still think Mercedes has some more pace up their sleeve... we've seen them run heavy in Free Practice on the first race of the season in years before.

Ferrari also seemingly not looking too bad, BUT being a fan I'm keeping my feet firmly buried in the ground.

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Verstappen definitely had the least fuel. Immediately went into pits

From my arrmchair expert point of view

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dans79 wrote:
Fri Mar 26, 2021 1:25 pm
mkay wrote:
Fri Mar 26, 2021 1:24 pm
Just_a_fan wrote:
Fri Mar 26, 2021 1:22 pm


Daytime practice for a night race.

If you consider monster understeer to be fine handling. It definitely doesn't look like the front wants to turn in.
It's definitely less twitchy and rear is not as loose as during testing. But yeah, it's still understeering a little too much, though that may be influenced by the fuel load?
Daytime practice for a night race.
The Red Bull in VER's hands looked markedly better on its hot lap. Obviously, usual caveat around fuel load, but if they are indeed on similar-ish fuel loads, this bodes well for Red Bull.

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I'd wager Mercedes is running quite heavy.
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