??? In the Q comparison the traction at turn 11 is 100% similar. Opposite, in his last run Ham slightly missed the apex more than Ves and still did not lose time there.Sieper wrote: ↑Mon Oct 25, 2021 3:48 pmYeah, that straight after turn 11 was where it needed to happen for Merc. Then you have DRS and that last part where the car crouches down it becomes really fast. There Perhaps a lesser delta would have sufficed. But the RedBull had the better traction out of 11. That is possibly the difference between high rake/low rake and not having the springs compromised for the rear crouching as much as Mercedes (if that even requires a compromise, which is to be expected but does it?).dans79 wrote: ↑Mon Oct 25, 2021 3:12 pmThe problem is that even in Austin you need a significant time delta to pass. I think 1.2 seconds was quoted yesterday. Everyone says Austin is easy to overtake at, but it isn't in an F1 car. The car in front either needs to make a mistake or have some serious tire degradation.Sieper wrote: ↑Mon Oct 25, 2021 2:38 pmwhy would they. Lewis built a 3 lap advantage in his first stint and a 5 lap in his second (without loosing much time). With them knowing the white tire would be an advantage I would also take that over track position. f you go first who knows how many laps Verstappen still could have gone on his yellows. Then a white and finishing on yellows would likely also have made Hamilton very vulnerable. I really thought Hamilton would win it after the second pit stop. Indeed already when he closed the 6 seconds down so early in the first white stint I thought the race was over.
In the race the harm was done before turn 11.
I do not think there was any chance to kill the bull after T11, saving tires in S1 and getting close with good tires in S3 to try it into T1 is the only chance in my point of view. Blockas on Sainz was completely in the diff in T11 and hardly got by, unthinkable against the RedBull.
I do not think so. The first stop was super early and Merc would have needed to stop from P1 into traffic (Lec). They also did not know how fast Ver is or if Per is on a one stop (well slower). I do not see it as realistic.
At the second stop Per was in the window.There I still do not understand the early stop of Ver, he could have done one or two laps more without danger as Ham was blocked by Per.