Emag wrote: ↑
Sun Feb 02, 2020 11:19 pm
godlameroso wrote: ↑
Sun Feb 02, 2020 10:24 pm
This happens in 7 corners in the entire year, every corner besides those hairpins needs downforce.
1) Australia -> Penultimate Corner
Needs downforce, it's over 70kph.
2) Bahrain -> First Corner
3) China -> Penultimate Corner (the hairpin)
4) Azerbaijan ->No cutout low-speed corner but there are several medium speed corners
You need downforce for those.
5) Spain -> The hairpin at the end of sector 2 + the chicane at the end of sector 3.
You need downforce for turn 10.
6) Monaco -> The hairpin at sector 1, the corner leading up to the tunnel, the chicane after the tunnel, and rascass in the end.
Only the hairpin at the top of the hill doesn't require downforce.
7) Canda -> The hairpin leading up to the back straight.
8- France -> The chicane after the main straight, the last corner to some degree.
You need downforce for everything but the final corner, and for the penultimate one you do which sets you up for the final corner.
9) Austria -> Most Corners are 90 degree corners, medium to fast mostly (wonder why McLaren were so good there...)
You need good downforce everywhere in Austria. The downforce helps under braking.
10) Great Britain -> "The loop" corner before the wellington straight and the chicane at the end.
Every corner in Silverstone needs downforce period.
11) Germany -> The hairpin after the main straight, and sector 3 is somewhat slow-medium.
You definitely need downforce for everything except the hairpin in Hockenheim. Even more so for Nurburgring.
12) Hungary -> Apart from turn 1, most of the corners that were slow before have turned into medium-speed corners because of the bigger downforce cars have now.
Hungary is full downforce and always has been.
14) Belgium -> Bust Stop Chicane (and some long corners which require strong front-end in general)
Spa only has the bus stop, turn 1 needs downforce.
15) Italy -> The two consecutive chicanes in sector 1. Also not much downforce is put on the cars here, so mechanical grip is very important.
I'll give you this one.
16) Singapore -> Apart from the corner which leads up to the back straight, similarly to Hungary, most of the corners have turned into medium-speed corners.
Don't need max downforce here although it helps, more than anything you need good suspension, traction and braking stability. You can get away with a weak front end.
17) Russia -> Mostly 90 degree corners, no real "slow" corner here.
18) Japan -> Apart from the chicane at the end of the lap and the hairpin at end of sector 1, most corners here are fast (not medium), also a track where McLaren did very good last year.
19) Mexico -> Although most corners here are 90-degrees (there are some slow corners), the air is very thin, so good mechanical grip is crucial.
20) USA -> Hairpin turn 1, Hairpin turn 11, and the initial part of Sector 3 all are slow / medium speed corners. McLaren made up so much time in the fast sections in this track compared to Renault, only to lose most of that advantage in those corners.
21) Brazil -> Sector 2 has some particularly nasty slow corners, but Brazil also has long corners which require a very strong front-end in general. (McLaren here was mehish in my opinion, but they had the perfect strategy in the race to take advantage of the mayhem going on at the front to get the podium)
22) Abu Dhabi -> Beginning of sector 2 and 3 both have chicanes / slow corners.
I guess it's not 7 corners in total after all. Also, I did not say that they should sacrifice downforce for mechanical grip. I am simply saying that in order to fix their low-speed weaknesses they would have to do something about front suspension geometry (Or the whole front-end in general). Low-speed corners is where they lost most time compared to top teams but even the midfield in some cases. In high-speed corners they were great (almost on par with the top 3, but not really in the same level). If they fix up the low-speed weaknesses and maintain the same level of stability on high speed corners this season, they should be really competitive.