How can you say RB was faster in Imola, Portugal, Spain and France?PlatinumZealot wrote: ↑Tue Jun 29, 2021 4:54 pm
I think that without 2nd stop Hamilton would overtake Max. He was faster over the race distance. You are right about Q and switching on the tires.
Absolutely. It was the first time since Pirelli that a car could follow another car that close and that long on a non-street circuit without completely murdering the tires. The only similar timeframe was Monza 19 but there Ham murdered the tires and fell to P3 after such a hunt.
Depends on the sectors in the track that the cars a stronger or weaker and what proportion of the lap is responsible for what portion of the lap time.
“The overall advantage we have is that our car has been fast on every circuit to date,” Marko told RacingNews365.
“We have been continuously fast with relatively few adjustments. At Mercedes, you can see they have to make a lot of adjustments to the car. Hamilton usually manages to do this, so he is there at the right time.
“But it’s clear Mercedes sometimes experiment. Monaco is an example of that for me. Bottas was very strong there and Lewis nowhere. In Baku, it was completely reversed.
“It seems risks are being taken. With us, fewer adjustments are needed. The car is immediately competitive.”
Get real.ringo wrote: ↑Thu Jul 01, 2021 5:27 pmDepends on the sectors in the track that the cars a stronger or weaker and what proportion of the lap is responsible for what portion of the lap time.
You can stay in drs zone if you come off a corner much faster than who you are following. And who you are following could be sacrificing that section to save KERS energy for later.
Because Mercedes underestimated the undercut by their own admission. Their computers believed that Lewis would exit the pits 1.5 seconds ahead of Max (which you would know if you listened to Lewis’ radio on the pit exit).
Max probably backed off Hamilton to prolong the life of the tires and saved them for when he needed them - the lap that Bottas tried to undercut him and failed. Max pitting after Bottas was said to be to cover the stop. Perez showed that preserving the tires for a later stop and having fresher tires allowed him to have a faster pace across the entire race. If Perez had been pitted just one lap earlier in Spielberg he would have been able to get Bottas. This year is one that is really defined by how timely the change to the right tire is and how much to push at what part of the stint.Kingshark wrote: ↑Thu Jul 01, 2021 11:47 pmBecause Mercedes underestimated the undercut by their own admission. Their computers believed that Lewis would exit the pits 1.5 seconds ahead of Max (which you would know if you listened to Lewis’ radio on the pit exit).
Why did Verstappen constantly drop back from Hamilton in the opening stint when both drivers were on the same tyres, while Hamilton easily kept within DRS of Verstappen when he was the one chasing?
I know that there is a strong RB16B > W12 agenda floating around here because some people are petrified by the idea that their hero is being outperformed by a younger driver in an equal car, but let’s not twist the facts here.