Q1 is actually at the same pace as Q2&3. Mercedes used mediums in Q1 that's why they're about 0.7s slower than Q2&3.TimW wrote: ↑Sat Sep 05, 2020 7:58 pmI think it way too early to draw any conclusions on the impact of the single mode. Only thing we can conclude is that Red Bull is poor in Monza.
What surprised me is that there was still a big improvement from Q1 to Q2, ~0.4s for the top 10. From Q2 to Q3 there was no improvement.
Can so much (and consistent) lap time be attributed to improving track conditions, and 'getting the hang of it'?
Getting a tow is crucial for non-Mercedes, but Q1 was too packed up, the cars in the back were more or less affected by that. Q2&3 had less cars so they could find a good position to maximize the tow.
Mercedes ran in front (bottas didn't even had a tow), so their laptimes were the most relevant.
In non-tow-quali tracks like Nurburgring we will see closer Q1 comparing to Q2&3 from those middle teams.