ringo wrote: ↑
Mon Jun 28, 2021 2:21 pm
langedweil wrote: ↑
Mon Jun 28, 2021 4:17 am
And that my friend is exactly what RBR and Fer have experienced over the last decade .. it's a whole lot easier when you're ahead in free air, driving @ 90% of your driver/car capability, compared to having to race up until %100 where you can only hope for some scraps left on the table.
Lew has been very good over the years, but not as good as a lot of ppl tend to believe ..
It's not the same. Over the years you didnt have a budget cap or had your car targeted for its weaknesses and rules made to stop you.
And Ferrari had the best car for 2 years. Their issues was their driver spinning and crashing out at low speeds.
Redbull Max was never really driving at 100% back then. He wasnt threatened by his teammate and the midfield was way behind.
He would just cruise around and collect 3rd place. Before then he was crashing all over the place. Much different story today.
Things are closer now, and im talking about the head to head. I don't mind RB being the faster car. I still think Lewis just needs to be within 2 tenths of the redbull to beat them, as he has already done at Bahrain. But what im concerned about is that Mercedes are not allowed to respond basically. The past has never been like this. The teams were limited by themselves. Now theyre stuck with 2020 chassis that they cannot change. But anyhow lets hope the team finds some pace despite being handicapped at the floor.
My dear fellow forummer ..
Probably it's just me, but I don't understand any of the logic at work in your response. Some of it might be correct, some of it certainly isn't.
-All teams were budget capped compared to Mercedes (they simply didn't have those amounts of money)
-2017 rules changes led to bigger floors benefitting low rake concept
-2019 simplified FW's hurt high rake massively, just as they seemed to have catched up
-Oil burning went on for way too long, whilst not within the 'spirits of the sport'
-Ferrari did not have the best car, they just tricked the fuelflow sensor giving them a huge free benefit of power, so much that even Merc couldn't keep up on the straights
-Max (as all others) surely had to drive 100%, or even try more than that to have just the slightest chance to the last podium crumb (hey hey, isn't that what the post initialy was about?)
-Max apparently never had a serious teammate in Daniel, and before that only crashed always
The point is; for the first time in 7yrs Ham is not ahead by miles for free (free as in the team decided beforehand a race how much power they would use to be sure to win, and to be sure as well the FIA wouldn't read too much in their performance that would justify counter-measures)
, and he simpy just has to work hard for it.
Just like the rest of the grid had to over the last 7yrs. And weirdly enough ... he just appears to be human and errors are starting to surface. Exactly how they happened to the Vet's and Ver's in that past. He is still top dog, no doubt .. but for the first time since 2014 the outcome is not settled at all, and I reckon things won't be decided soon. One DNF means a swicharoo ...
And I just simply love that ... or as some say, "simply lovely".
Let the gladiators enter the arena !