Several factors contribute to whether a circuit is considered power-sensitive. The length of the straights is a critical factor. The number of long straights is another. Furthermore, the nature of the corners, and in particular, the nature of the corners leading up to the straights are the other factors. Altitude also plays a role.godlameroso wrote: ↑Fri Oct 16, 2020 10:56 pmDefine power sensitive? I would imagine that although the straights aren't preposterously long, because they involve going uphill and scrubbing speed in flat out corners, that power does have an influence. Say two cars get on the power at the same time exiting a corner, but one car has higher average speed through the corner, not because the driver took a better line, or because the car has more aero, but because engine power allows one driver to scrub less speed in the corner. End result one driver can carry an extra 3 or 4 kmh through a corner consistently.zibby43 wrote: ↑Fri Oct 16, 2020 3:24 amThink you would be correct about that. Should be interesting to see how they continue to develop that area.Phlumbert wrote: ↑Fri Oct 16, 2020 2:24 am
I was under the impression the re-working of the rear lower wishbones on the W11 was in preparation for the floor change next year? If so, they're on good track already.
Pretty good video. Max seems to be closer in qualifying but it seems like they still have some way to go in race trim. If it weren't for the safety car in the last race, Lewis would have probably finished like 20s ahead of Max. Then again, I guess we can't look in to performances during the last race too much as the track temps were crazy low.
I'm curious if Merc struggled getting their tires into the window over the course of a single lap in Germany. I think RB definitely made progress, but I don't think the W11 was all the way hooked up in terms of quali pace. The 'ring is also not very power-sensitive.
Current power-sensitive tracks (not an exclusive list, and in no particular order): Monza, Russia, Spa, Silverstone (particularly after the '17 reg changes), Baku, Austria, and Canada.
Least power-sensitive tracks: Monaco, Hungary, and Singapore, to name a few.
The 'ring is somewhere in between those extremes, but nearer the less power-sensitive venues.
"It’s not the most power-sensitive circuit, so power limited. Power and traction will be less critical there."
- LEC when asked about the 'ring's circuit characteristics ahead of the Eifel GP.