f1316 wrote: ↑
Mon Jul 23, 2018 2:00 pm
The one query in my mind is if, as I’ve read, the Ferrari’s principle PU advantage is on the way out of corners; if so, they may well get a significant advantage even on a slow track.
I have argued this over multiple times. In the first few gears, you can configure loads of torque (doesn't matter how much power you generate) and even Honda can, but the key is, does your vehicle dynamics hold the car well and not cause too much of wheel spin at lower speeds with excess torque? That is where the importance of the suspension, aero balance of the car, ride height all come in picture.
Part of the reason why Ferrari is getting great starts, SPECIFICALLY the second part of the start, is that they can throw in a lot of torque and the car doesn't cause too much wheel spin, moves out faster and on the other hand, Mercedes drivers have to wait for car to get in motion properly before nailing the throttle. So, the exit out of slow turns and the good start the SF-71H is getting, aren't because of PU alone.
The power difference between PUs would be visible on the long straights, where the juice has to be available for longer and that, it seems, Mercedes is now slightly behind Ferrari, which was the other way round until this year.