Just_a_fan wrote: ↑
Wed Aug 14, 2019 4:54 pm
Oh, I agree but the tyres shouldn't be so narrow in their operating window that teams effectively luck-in or luck-out. We've seen teams being able to "switch on" the tyres at one track but not at another - we've seen two drivers with the same car get different results from the same tyre at the same track. My view is the tyre is a control tyre: being able to use it correctly should not be a matter of luck/driving style. All should be avle to use it but if some can find exta from it then fair enough.
I think the tyre design should allow both single stop and two stop to be equally effective. Ie you can go medium-hard or soft-soft-medium and have the same total race elapsed time. So teams can play with strategy. That adds interest and possibilities whilst not being "artificial", if that makes sense.
If a tyre selection e.g. medium-hard is noticeably quicker than the next selection, everyone will generally go with that selection.
Hungary was interesting because a different strategy was possible - although it was marginal and did require the car to do it. But car differences occur throughout the field so being able to "roll the dice" should be possible and tyres able to facilitate it.
I don't think it's luck really. It's a mystery to Günther, cos he hardly has any engineers, but the others more or less have it understood. Mercedes got the jump on everybody last winter by being that bit smarter, racing the sensors they needed to test with, so they learned they needed lots of downforce. For the others it's just a perfect racing-driver excuse. It's rather like 2014 when only Mercedes had worked out the best turbo was a huge truck turbo and then everyone was whining about 'the hybrids' when actually it was just one team being smarter.
I think the tyre design should allow both single stop and two stop to be equally effective. Ie you can go medium-hard or soft-soft-medium and have the same total race elapsed time.
Isn't this missing the idea? The shortest elapsed time should be achieved by being the best team, engineering, strategy and driving. That was the beauty of Hungary, that the team did loads of analysis, as James explains
, and combined with Lewis that produced a faster race time not the same race time.