ringo wrote: ↑
Fri Jul 02, 2021 6:48 am
ispano6 wrote: ↑
Fri Jul 02, 2021 3:48 am
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.
That, and it shows in that Hamilton didn't have the luxury of upping the pace enough for his inlap to make it work either (Verstappen being faster there already, and then with tyre-warm-up on his outlap, as expected for this season). Perhaps even the fact Bottas was able to stick so close to them shows HAM couldn't get his usual advantage out if it while keeping the tyres okay?
Anyway, that's off topic for this thread about last weeks race, where it was clear Mercedes just didn't quite have the same pace as Verstappen was able get out of the Red Bull (Perez luckily for them again couldn't on Saturday, and Bottas got a good enough staring phase+strategy to outsmart them for the 3rd podium - good race from him, though Sat spin was dope). I am skeptical this weekend will be entirely different, but who knows let's hope it's closer for a bit more tension for the win, right!