falonso81 wrote: ↑
Sat Nov 09, 2019 8:14 pm
The Q3 Ferrari runs were pretty messy, sector times all over the place. A lap well put together should have netted them pole still. One should not take belief on such a complex technical matter from an F1 driver who does not even drive for them. What i got for Austin is that Ferrari tried to set up the car for better race pace and they screwed up in the end. Even if they nailed the set up, Charles would have been miles away from the front runners pace with his old and tired engine. Vettel i believe had broken suspension before the start. Maybe he picked up damage on his way to the grid.
Im not sure about Vettels car being damaged, when you look at the lap times of Charles vs Lando in the opening 8 laps, ignoring the first 2 laps to let them settle and spread, there was only 1 lap where Chalres was over 1 sec a lap faster. A fair few were 5-8 tenths different and a couple 2-4 tenths.
Now Charles Ferrari was running the old PU but Binotto said was worth the difference between Seb and Charles in qualy (so not much at all)
Now see that Seb was able to sit within 1 second of Ricciardo for pretty much all of the 8 laps would suggest he was faster than Ricciardo but not fast enough to pass. So similar to Charles pace most probably, So I don't see how Seb had any problems until his car actually failed.
In my opinion the reason he was stuck in that position was simply down to lack of power, otherwise a car that was on average 8 tenths faster at that stage of the race would surely have blown by the Renault on the big straight.