It's not exactly that simple, as you can trade tire life for cornering ability.langedweil wrote: ↑Mon Jun 21, 2021 10:55 pmYeah, well .. ofcourse it was setup, but only so much. You have to have a certain level of mechanical grip to get the car through the corners, right ?dans79 wrote: ↑Mon Jun 21, 2021 6:06 pmIt wasn't chassis, it was a setup choice. When they were on the same compound tires with roughly the same number of laps on them, Merc was faster in sector 1 & 3, while RBR was faster in Sector 2.langedweil wrote: ↑Mon Jun 21, 2021 6:03 pm
I'd say the difference lies more towards the chassis side, because RB was able to use less df and thus had a higher straightline speed. Normally over the last few years a Merc with DRS seemed unstoppable, now Lewis could only creep up.
I think engine/deployment wise Merc still has a slight upperhand.
But what do I know ..
You could see this as well in the sector times. Early on in the first stint Max was at times .4 to .7 seconds faster in sector 2. The deeper he got into the stint the smaller that delta got, towards the end of the stint he was even slower than Lewis in the second sector.