ian_s wrote: ↑
Tue Aug 21, 2018 8:27 am
all the teams will be focused on the race. beating the 919 time is not a target for them. with no PU restrictions maybe they'd go for it, but the risk of over doing it is too great
I’m not suggesting anyone is going to be ‘going for’ this record - it will not even be a thought for them - rather just that the nature of competing with other teams means they are trying to achieve the best time they can within the regulations, with development since last year meaning that a 0.7 sec improvement would be within their grasp.
Yes, they have more drag - and hence lower top speeds - than last year; but that’s more than made up for by increased downforce. Silverstone is the probably the most analogous track so far this year and improvements year-on-year was just over seven tenths; Spa being a longer lap, the improvement should be proportional (hence larger in pure time), not to mention that Britain was unusually hot this year, which probably contributed to overheating tyres > a slower pole time than would otherwise have been achievable (pole in Spain was 3 secs faster in 2018 than 2017 - albeit tyres/resurfacing is a chunk of that, it’s also a much shorter lap than Spa).
All of which is likely to be academic with the weather but i’m willing to bet that, if somehow conditions for Q3 are normal, the 1:41.7 is beaten.