Spoutnik wrote: ↑
Sun Feb 19, 2023 6:46 pm
- The car finished +80 seconds behind Verstappen in Spain, despite Russell blocking Verstappen for a few laps
- In Austria the gap fall under +68 seconds
- At Abu Dhabi, despite Ocon losing race time the gap falled to 57 seconds
This is an incredible spin of events (not to be negative....)
Austria is a high altitude circuit where RB struggled. Ocon and Alonso stopped two times. The winning Ferrari stopped 3 times and had mechanical issues the final laps of a race which included a safety car. Alpine would have finished much further behind otherwise.
In Abu Dhabi? Verstappen was cruising and the RB19 had not had a consequential upgrade since Spa.
I'm just trying to say they picture they are trying to paint is deceptive and I would hope this kind of thing was only done as a positive PR piece, and does not reflect the maximum analytical capabilities of the team....
Furthermore, as a whole, different circuits as a while will have different field spread, which of course influences how far behind the slower cars are.
Would they have liked to mention Verstappen's performance in Spa?