LM10 wrote: ↑
Sat Mar 31, 2018 1:36 pm
I see. Thank you for the answer.
I've watched a lap comparison of Vettel's qualification this year and last year. What I find interesting is that this year's lap seemed way smoother (just by looking at the steering wheel) besides them still struggling with the car. On the other hand, as we all know the SF70H was a quite smooth and driveable car from the beginning on, but in the video Vettel looked like he fighted much more.
Does this mean that Vettel was on and even over the limit last year and this year not because he maybe lacks trust as he has told? Or the basis of this year's car might be good so it is that smooth on the track, but still not there where they want it to be?
Here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rYn7eytgW8
That's a very nice comparison video, thanks.
Now, I'm far, far from an expert in driving techniques, but from what I understand - Seb likes his cars with more under steer, so he can be aggressive on turn-in. This is especially of importance in high-speed corners, where high-rake cars experience some movement of CoP to the rear and bring up the level of under steer. So this lack of aggression in that video is very telling - in a way it shows us his lack of confidence in the car. This is what he says in an article I posted here as well.
Going back to the race, it was not surprising to see him struggle a bit more on softer tyres. Softer tyres, as far as I know, bring the car handling towards over steer, while harder tyres bring it towards under steer.