Chene_Mostert wrote: ↑
Sun Apr 15, 2018 12:30 pm
We should rather use the "under cut" pace advantage to extend our lead ( Vet was clear of Hulk from lap 15 ) and not allow the second place driver to close the gap by stopping first. As easy as 123. More aggresion at the start and then manage at the end.
3.5s was always enough of a gap to prevent under cut last year, even on this circuit. Nobody could have known this. What if there was a SC in lap 16? Seb pitting in lap 15 would have brought him to P6 if everyone used that to change their tyres. Oh, how bad would that have been.
Honestly, instead of gloating when Mercedes or Red Bull have some issues like yesterday (and that 0.5s per lap was obviously not a realistic advantage) and crying about poor strategy after the race, we should point out some positive things from this weekend for Ferrari:
- Ferrari appear to be on top of their problems from Australia, with nothing more than better set-up
- Ferrari appear to be better on straights while keeping their pace throughout the corners compared to Mercedes, and are better everywhere compared to Red Bull, this being very important for pole position fight, which is showing to be even more important this year
- This advantage is shown in race in a way, as Seb pulled away from Bottas easier than Bottas pulled away from Seb (and made a bigger gap) and Mercedes was forced yesterday to sacrifice corner speed for top speed to have a fighting chance in the race
- Vettel, as championship leader, has maintained his advantage in spite of being hit by Max, so he ran trough a catastrophic race for him with a few points and his main rival struggling as well
- There are usually two unlucky races (not qualifications, just races with things going against them) for championship contenders in previous seasons, and I'm not counting races where one of them is simply slower than his team mate, Seb just pushed trough one of them
- Whether their concept will give them more room for aero improvement over the season or not is to be seen, but there is room for that in multiple areas and that is important
- Power train development is "less" important, but reliability will be of utmost importance and the team confirmed that Control Electronics from Bahrain are OK and will be used again during the season, so no upcoming penalties - yet
For the team, the pace in qualy and race is there, reliability is to be seen, but for now there are no major issues. Sometimes, like today, luck is just not on your side.