iotar__ wrote: ↑
Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:53 am
carisi2k wrote: ↑
Wed Apr 25, 2018 5:51 am
Mr. Fahrenheit wrote: ↑
Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:58 am
Ricciardo was a second slower than Vettel's pole lap in Bahrain. Calm it with the sensationalism
Daniel was only 0.45 of a second off Vettel's pole lap in Bahrain.
Almost half a second in one of three races. More in the other two and unless engine difference was worth 0,5 or 0,7 s in those that's not a great sign. Fine, it's still only three GPs and engine upgrades are coming.
Next race Red Bull couldn't risk softs in Q2 (overlooked in win chest beating) which compromised their race. They had a good pace but it's hard to compare it when you're nowhere near the lead and rely on a gift of a SC erasing 15 s gap (ric, less for ver), free pitstop and quicker, fresh tyres against sitting duck one-stoppers. Also: Bott and Vett lost time on artificial Raik blocking
Right on their coatail reminds me of a Sky commentator. While Bottas was jumping Vettel, he claimed he was defending against MV
who was ~6 s behind yet almost overtaking him. Gap was getting bigger on mediums (later stops).
1. The engine difference has been worth about 0.5 of a second and so in race trim they are on their coat tails.
2. Daniel had barely made it out of Q1 due to his P3 PU issue and so Red Bull were not interested at all in messing around with the soft tyre due to a lack of data.
3. The Red Bull double stop forced Mercedes to react on laps 18 and 19. If Mercedes weren't worried about Red Bull then why did they react to the red bull stops.
4. Red Bull got the Ultra Soft to last 17 laps which forced their opponents to react. If Red Bull comes in on lap 12 do you think that Mercedes and Vettel would come in on laps 13,14 and 15 on the soft tyre.
5. After his pit stop Valteri went to party mode for one lap to undercut Vettel. Hamilton did the same thing and in doing so they both damaged there tyres. There is nothing to say that either Mercedes could have made it to the finish on one stop without a safety car.
6. Mercedes reacting to Red Bull shows that the RB14 is most definitely on the coat tales of the W09 and SF71h. In Mercedes reacting to Red Bull it forced Ferrari to react to Mercedes and in doing so Red Bull was shown to be able to influence a race. In the future it may not result in a red bull victory but at the very least it keeps Ferrari and Mercedes on their toes.
7. In Baku you can probably expect Red Bull to be about a second behind in qualifying purely because of the length of that front straight.