henry wrote: ↑
Mon Mar 27, 2017 10:13 pm
HAM could not have gone much faster in the first stint, VET could have if he wasn't being held by HAM.
HAM pitted too early and went as fast as he could until he was on VER's tail, then he was being massively held up. With no ability to pass even a slower car on old tires(VER), the race was effectively decided at that point(except for reliability).
It is in fact very useful to discuss these things because they will form the basis of the strategies being used going forward in 2017. Australia 2017 has proven that track position(and thus qualifying and starts) is of the utmost importance and that passing is very difficult and thus pitting yourself into traffic while giving the car behind you free air is not worth the perceived value of the undercut.
Also the tires do not take a long time to come up to temp as has been suggested.