atanatizante wrote: ↑
Mon Apr 01, 2019 11:58 pm
I think here at Bahrein Merc was the team on the back foot regarding the car`s setup.
Their strategy for this race was to set the car for one stop like they did last year.
So they went for higher than usual levels of DF in order to give them a stable rear and good traction out of the slow corners heading towards the long straights
, even though their race simulations told them it`s not the fastest way around here. So having a higher RW AoA means lower top speed on the straights and here you go where the delta speed comes from Ferrari ...
Or another hypothesis says they went for this high DF setup in order to bring the car into the tyres sweet spot considering both the compounds and most of all for the fact that there were lower track temps than Melbourne ... something that GPR-A could elaborate more about this matter ...
If you watch the comparison video of the Q3 laps of Leclerc and Hamilton, you'll see that Hamilton had clearly higher corner entry speeds, but as soon as they exited the corner Leclerc out-accelerated Hamilton already in the initial acceleration phase (no DRS and no big drag).
This was the case at every single corner, but let's just look at the first corner: Leclerc had a minimum cornering speed of 66 km/h whereas Hamilton's was 77 km/h. Half a second later, Leclerc already was at 180 km/h and Hamilton at 170 km/h.
Now, there are 2 (3) options for this:
1. Ferrari had significantly better traction
2. Ferrari had a power advantage on initial acceleration
(3. Mercedes had problems regarding set-up)