Leclerc might put it on pole in Hungary for sure. THat Ferrari is the best car in the slow speed stuff this year and it seemed they improved their high speed cornering as well for Silverstone. But then again Redbull just keeps bringing updates every race...mkay wrote: ↑Mon Jul 19, 2021 5:51 pmYes, but it felt to me like Max had it under control and was managing the gap (which increased to about 3 seconds by lap 13 or so) until the blistering warning from his team. Hamilton wasn't really able to get close to DRS vs. Max.NathanOlder wrote: ↑Mon Jul 19, 2021 4:30 pmDid we not see Lewis on saturday sit right behind Max for 15ish laps on the C2, just like he did with Charles on Sunday?mkay wrote: ↑Mon Jul 19, 2021 4:18 pm
Did he? Bottas outqualified him (on a track layout both hadn't driven before), and Bottas was reeling him in before the pitstop shenanigans occurred.
Anyway... off-topic at this stage.
Don't know that the upgrades worked for sure. I think track temps definitely played a part in Mercedes' strong form in qualifying vs. Red Bull. It's clear however they were lacking race pace on the C2 and I suspect that's where Max would have probably driven away had he stayed ahead of Lewis at Copse.
C1 pace was good, but we don't know how well RB/Max would have done.
Let's hope Merc can further optimise the package because I'm not convinced; I still think it's Max's to lose. WCC might be different because of how poorly Perez is driving at the moment. Also, TBD whether Max will have to either take a fresh PU early and a penalty down the line.
On the other hand, HAM was able to run sub 1.5s gap to LEC for a while, and came close to activating DRS, until the tyres starting giving up towards the end of the stint. That indicates to me he probably had slightly stronger pace but not enough to pass.
To be fair though, since Max didn't run on Sunday, we have no proper yardstick. Also, temperatures were marginally warmer on Sunday, and it does look like either Merc regressed on full tanks + warmer temps, or Leclerc/Ferrari got stronger, compared to the Sprint Qualifying.
I guess we'll have a better idea in 2 weeks. I suspect Ferrari will be very strong around Budapest, especially considering the forecast temps.