raymondu999 wrote: ↑
Wed Dec 09, 2020 2:05 am
I don’t think he’s particularly hotheaded myself — I think he’s remarkably calm and collected (at least over team radio) for a young driver. But I do think he had his expectations unfairly(?) raised by 2 podiums. That then made everyone around him put him on a pedestal and he’s trying to reachieve that week in week out — overdriving. After a fashion, (on track) it’s kinda reminiscent for me of Hamilton’s 2011.
You raise an interesting point, how much can he gain through experience and more polish?
Braking distances are very short in F1. So short in fact that human reaction time plays a bigger role than if it were longer. LeClerc made his decision to brake too late, did not account for lag in reaction time. No person can react faster than .2 to a novel situation. When the braking event is .8 seconds, that's a quarter of the total event that can be influenced by reaction time.
Experience will teach you to anticipate. Part of having experience is experience with other racers, how often has LeClerc raced Perez wheel to wheel? You saw Verstappen gave Leclerc space because they've raced together, they can anticipate each other's behavior.