After finishing the technical briefing after the Brazilian GP qualifying, Fernando Alonso said after removing the intercom for the conversation between the staff.
"Is not this a downforce too much? It can not come out at tomorrow's race, is not it tough enough?"
McLaren tried set-up that lightly reduced downforce on Friday. At that time, the fastest speed of Alonso was 325.8 km / h, and Stelle Bandoon extended to 327.3 km / h.
In light of the highest speed of qualifying, it is the speed which is the 8th overall. In other words, even a powerless Honda Power Unit proved that the fastest speed would be available depending on the setup.
However, the MCL 32 could not ensure satisfactory behavior at that downforce amount. As a result, on Saturday the corner was steady fast as usual, but the corner was steady and fast, but the fastest was down about 10 km / h, with Alonso at 316.2 km / h and Bando at 315.5 km / h respectively .
Matt Morris: "Because the balance between straight speed and in-field is a very important and difficult circuit here, we explored that balance.
Of course, I want the fastest speed when considering the competitiveness in the final. However, if you cut downforce, you can not run sector 2 fast.
As a result, it turned out that setting downforce for Saturday was the best compromise for us. "
However, it explains that it is not a characteristic of the car body, but because it is setting a wing to draw speed.
Matt Morris: "That's because we are setting downforce.
It might seem like they are saying strange things, but if you have more power you can cut downforce and set up a direction to earn straight.
However, we can not earn straight even if we break downforce.
On the other hand, it will also be lost in the corner.
So, because there is no power, there is no choice but to go downforth and earn it in the corner. "
However, some engineer at Honda refutes to it.
McLaren is aiming not "the machine that can deliver the fastest time," but the driver is "a machine that is easy to run".
"I think it is not the fastest compromise.
Even Mercedes AMG and Ferraris were spinning and off tracking this time, were not you? Still McLaren is busy, I do not off course.
When it shaved downforce on Friday, Stelle spun at turn 2, "It is not possible to run after all"
situation. Even the top team attacks the downforce as much as it is cutting downforce, McLaren has firmly put downforce, making a car that makes it easy for the driver to run.
McLaren is traditionally a team of such engineering policy.
Absolutely to complain about the driver, because it is their policy to deal with it.
As a result, although it is hard to run, it is not a fast machine, and the driver will be finished in a machine that is easy to run.
"This setting is faster, so afterwards you are going to run hard and run" It is a team that can not tell the driver. "
That was why Alonso told the opening story at the briefing after qualifying.
I did not bother to talk to the engineer by removing the intercom because it was not asked by the factory and no recording was done either. Alonso himself recognized that it was "inconvenient truth"
In fact, discussions have been discussed with McLaren and Honda about the direction of this setup.
Rather than discussion, it is close to claims from Honda side.
Honda Yusuke Hasegawa F1 general manager says,
"Of course we discussed, many times.
I've talked about 'Let's make it a lighter downforce' many times, but still quite ......
As the team gives priority to the faster lap time, the downforce also affects the stability of the car, so it will not spin absolutely even in places where Hamilton will spin it (bitter smile) .
Not to criticize the team but to say that it is such a directional setting, since it is a way of thinking in the way ahead, so if you capture the pole position then there is no problem ... (bitter smile) "
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