Yes, this is pretty much it.Just_a_fan wrote: ↑Thu Mar 25, 2021 10:37 amSo they reserve the ERS deployment for the long start finish straight and thus can take 8th on that one, but the other two are effectively not long enough/don't pay back as much to be worth compromising the start finish straight deployment? We sometimes forget that even with these cars, compromises have to be made to maximise the overall result.Juzh wrote: ↑Thu Mar 25, 2021 9:36 amReason is simple. Mercedes set their car as an absolute brick in terms of drag for bahrain last year. As as result of this and due to ers deployment strategy the car simply doesn't have the power to require 8th gear. He's not even close to hitting any kind of rev limiter in 7th gear. 12.200 rpm on second straight, 12.000 rpm on back straight. Rev limiters are usually set somewhere in 13.000-13.500 rpm range.Sevach wrote: ↑Thu Mar 25, 2021 9:14 am
I don't have an answer why he does that(he also lets the car run on the limiter in the second straight), just find it funny that everyone was pointing out at him sticking to 7 as evidence of sandbagging in the testing thread and what do you know... he does the same thing when he goes for real.
On merit, or due to chaos /retirements like last year?
Probably the only way they can show the cars properly, since a lot of the grid are different shades of Blue.