nobody truly knows the power output figures if each power unit, most seem to think ferrari were marginally ahead in peak power for quali with spec 1.digitalrurouni wrote: ↑Sun Jun 02, 2019 9:07 pm
And seems Merc will have caught up to Ferrari in terms of power output for this race if not closed the gap.
It may be mind games, but I really do think Hamilton has not been up to his full game this season.Just_a_fan wrote: ↑Sun Jun 02, 2019 9:55 pmIn terms of Ferrari / Mercedes, Hamilton will want to finish ahead of Bottas. He can afford a couple of seconds or thirds behind the Ferraris over the next few races. He needs to be ahead of Bottas, however. Indeed, he's already started the mind games with Bottas by saying he (Hamilton) has been average so for this season. That's him trying to get Bottas thinking "he's been average and he's still 4/2 wins ahead of me!".
Hamilton will want to win Canada, yes, but whatever the result, he'll be desperate to be ahead of Bottas above all else.
Valtteri can be very quick, but he's not an all-court relentless racer like Lewis. Also Valtteri does better until Lewis gets his front end really sharp.
You make some very good points about mechanical grip/traction. Those are key factors in maximizing potential on the straights. Coming out of the turn(s) 6-7 complex (right before the "back" straight) is a good example of this.digitalrurouni wrote: ↑Sun Jun 02, 2019 7:15 pmI guess I would think Ferrari would be very strong in this track because it's got a few straights but what about sector 1 and a good part of 2 there's a rather lot of low medium to low speed turns no? And then connected with decent straights wouldn't that require a bunch of mechanical grip to accelerate outta those turns? I suspect a Mercedes 1-2 with Bottas on pole and winning the race.
Merc will bring a lower-drag specification to pair with their Spec 2 PU. They ended up running with a medium-downforce spec in Baku and performed pretty well in Q3 and excellent in the race.Hammerfist wrote: ↑Mon Jun 03, 2019 6:12 amIMO this is a track that favors Ferrari for sure. Their straight line speed advantage has been evident even throughout the Mercedes dominance. Whatever Merc is going to bring in terms of power upgrades I don't think it's going to help much. The ferrari looks like the way more slippery car and that should help them here. This track is pretty much point and shoot, only sector 1 is going to be bad for Ferrari. It should be close, but I think Ferrari and Leclerc especially are due for a win and put all those bad race weekends behind.
I'm not sure you can take much from this, turn 1 for instance is a very long corner, where is the speed measured, on entry, mid corner or exit ?