Track layout changed don't forget that. Mercedes was probably slower than in 2014.Phil wrote:Ben (Bhall2) did the work in the Singapore thread in digging out the numbers, but IMO they show some interesting data:Cold Fussion wrote:Clearly they got their simulations wrong for Singapore, the W05 and W06 have proven to be fast on every type of track so it's obviously a blip in their performance. Suzuka is a pretty similar track to Silverstone so I very much doubt we will see anything but Mercedes domination there.
On two similar tracks (Monaco & Singapore), Mercedes was quicker last year than their competition than they were in Singapore. So perhaps Singapore was indeed an anomaly track wherein their car doesn't work as well as it does on other tracks. We see that in 2014 already, the difference between Mercedes and their closest competitor was larger (4 tenths), than it was in Singapore (1.8 tenths).
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Monaco 2014 2015 Merc: 1:15.989 1:15.098 (-0.891) RB: 1:16.384 1:16.041 (-0.343) Fer: 1:16.686 1:15.849 (-0.837) Will: 1:18.082 1:17.278 (-0.804) Singap 2014 2015 Merc: 1:45.681 1:45.300 (-0.381) RB: 1:45.854 1:44.428 (-1.426) Fer: 1:45.907 1:43.885 (-2.022) Will: 1:46.000 1:45.676 (-0.324)
I personally think the PU advantage was clearly larger last year and masked their Singapore performance slightly, so no one ever really thought about it. This year in Singapore, interestingly, Renault and Ferrari teams made a huge jump relative to their 2014 times, whereas both Mercedes and Williams only found 3 tenths. Perhaps the problem isn't as much set-up related as it is PU related; perhaps in how the ERS works on this particular track - or too much torque out of slow corners or something else. Both Mercedes drivers thought that the car was fine (Rosberg & Hamilton on AMuS) after all.
I don't think they are in trouble at all. The performance difference between Mercedes and their competitors in more typical tracks like Monza, Spa, - actually just about any track so far this year - has been rather big. You don't lose that just like that. The engineers at Mercedes might be boggled by their performance in Singapore, but I hope they don't go into panic mode - as I think they've done a fantastic job this year so far and I see no reason why this shouldn't continue on a more typical track like Suzuka again. We'll see, but I assume business will resume in 5 days.
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