That rear left takes a beating, a serious pounding going around the final corner, it's flat, the hard corners are all right handers that stress the rear lefts on exit. After that long final turn, you're basically 4 wheel drifting out of turn 1 doubly so if you can't manage the tire temperature. DAS will do nothing to help you there. Mercedes has a very balanced car and a strong engine, maybe they can get away with some understeer. Otherwise we'll see drivers have small lifts out of the final corner to save the tires.
Estoril = BarcelonaBrunoH wrote: ↑Fri Oct 16, 2020 5:14 pmi wold rather have Estoril circuit ( they have made this year a brand new surface... plus its a true purist racetrack ) Portimao i have driven there also, and i dont like it as much.. for setup testing, its a track that is not good for testing ( as there is nothing similar and its up and down all the time). for racing you have like 2 overtaking spots.. in f1 i dont know if turn 1 will be so maybe only 1 after the downhill and then inside turn left ( in the inside straight) the rest only if a driver makes a mistake and goes wide or something...
Portimao is a bit car parky I agree, but it is what it is. I’m looking forward to Imola next week as an antidote. I do think Portimao will look good on TV though and brings something different, as with Mugello the discussions about Portimao and F1 have been going on for years. It’ll be good to see it happen, if only this once.BrunoH wrote: ↑Sun Oct 18, 2020 1:25 pmyeah, more or less, i still prefer Estoril, have driven in both in gt cars... in Estoril you get your foot wrong and you pay for it.. portimao has huge run-off areas, so you can risk more with less danger of damage or loosing places. to be fair in estoril you got 3 good overtaking places. Turn 1, turn 3, and inside parabolica. so a bit better than portimao to be fair
How do you feel about the lack of the final chicane that used to be there?Mogster wrote: ↑Tue Oct 20, 2020 4:57 pmImola flat? I agree it is narrow though.
Each to their own, I love Imola, the scanned AC version is fantastic. The run uphill from Tosa to the crest at Piratella then downhill to the Acque Minerale has to be one of the greatest sections of track in the world. Getting rid of the Bassa chicane has given the track some of its old high speed flavour back. Watching the 2020 cars changing direction through the Tamburello and Villeneuve chicanes will be a sight to behold.