Luscion wrote: ↑
Tue Nov 21, 2023 1:19 am
atanatizante wrote: ↑
Mon Nov 20, 2023 10:29 pm
- HAM always/on most cases setup his car towards race. Instead RUS does the other way around, hence why he got better results in qualy and poor tyre management in races which reflects in his poorer results
- Due to long straights and cooler conditions the car bodywork didn't show any cooling vents meaning it was less draggy. Seems that the car cooling needs adds a lot of drag and the news that W15 will have improved cooling sounds good both for lowering the car's drag and for using higher engine modes
- speaking about ICE power modes/mapps, indeed they used a higher than usual engine mapping due to ambient lower temps here
- since Austin and the new floor they are constantly working with new things/setup choices aiming for the W15. Those are mainly done at the FP's with some voices saying that HAM opted to try one solution here at Vegas, hence his unusual qualy result (5 tenths slower that RUS) but it was way better in the race (maybe someone could place here both drivers lap times from the race) and only such race incidents from the start and that tyre puncture set him back for a poor result...
Russell seems slightly faster than Hamilton but Lewis had to make his way through traffic twice with 15 overtakes, between laps 32-42ish Lewis is faster and then again around lap 48 of the race Lewis & Piastri are faster and George
This top speed was in a mega tow provided by two cars I said that time that it was a singular situation but after the second SC he set twice the speed of 361kph when he had also the above situation ... by the way, which driver set the highest top speed in this race?
It`s true that chasing only 1 car with DRS he set a speed between 352 and 354 kph, something that RUS couldn`t manage when he was overtaking, setting a top speed between 348 and 350kph, presumably the latter opting for a higher DF setup ... having said that it worth mentioning that their delta top speed between DRS and non-DRS was between 18 and 20 kps, which is an increase from 6 months ago ...
What baffles me is that the official top speed HAM did only 325.7kph on the speed trap but on the race at the DRS detection point he had always a speed in the bracket of 333-335kph so it seems that the live timing speeds are not so accurate after all ...