SmallSoldier wrote: ↑
Sun Sep 22, 2019 8:33 pm
I want to believe that Mclaren is definitely better than Renault, but I still believe that the tires are still a big factor, in particular in Singapore... The difference in performance that Mercedes showed in Qualifying was due to how they attacked the outlap and the temperature in their tires... It seems that this is something that may have affected the performance of the different cars... What is clear is that Mclaren seems to be having less issues than the rest to manage their tires and that seems to be the big differentiation.
You're right about working and managing the tyres being a key factor, but the fact that McLaren can do it better than a lot of teams, including Renault, instantly makes it a better car. Look at Haas as an example; great PU, good aero package, single lap pace really decent, promising in testing. When it came to yesterdays race they fell down the standings like a led balloon, simply because they can't work their tyres. Despite all that promise, the car is inherently poor when it matters most.
Good weekend for the team! Qualifying pace was very promising, half a second quicker than Renault, and over a second to the Racing Point/Alfa/Toro Rosso. The upgrades brought to Singapore have definitely improved the mechanical grip of the car, probably due to Key's progress on the 2020 car being (partly) migrated to this years. Race pace was strong, although masked by the tyre nursing early on. Norris was the only midfield car with a regular top 10 race, with Sainz and Hulk taking damage early on, so nothing to really compare it to. Held off those benefiting from the safety cars fairly comfortably, so that's also encouraging.
That's 3 races in a row now McLaren have been robbed of some top results. Would be sitting with well over 100 points with those, which would have been a realistic target at the start of the season. They're clearly going to smash that now in the remaining races, so definitely exceeding expectations so far. Looking forward to Sochi now!