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GP Week : Issue 210
TECHNICAL Unit), but also due to the fact that the core of this project was based mainly on two pillars. On one side, the main pillar was reliability (with the exception of Monza), and the second pillar was low tyre wear. Hence it is a natural consequence that the car behaves in a better way with the SuperSoft compound compared to any other compound. A valid benchmark to Ferrari in this race was Red Bull. The cars from Milton Keynes, were the closest in terms of overall performance to the Italian cars. Both Vettel and Ricciardo (even though there were some braking problems for Vettel and battery ones for the Australian), were capable of keeping Alonso behind, even if the Spaniard had fresher tyres in the last stint, thanks to their cars’ aero efficiency – in a straight line both Vettel and Ricciardo were capable of setting higher top speeds compared to Alonso. This was not mainly caused by a lack of power of the Italian car power unit, but was instead much more a consequence of the setup chosen, to help the F14T to negotiate the corners of the street circuit. Both the Red Bulls gave away a certain performnce gap to the leading Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton. Analysing the various stints of the British driver, what emerged was the fact, that even with tyres near to their life end, he was still capable of setting times that allowed him to pull away from the Red Bull duo after the last pit stop, and when, just for few laps, he lost the lead in favor of Vettel. The German in fact could not resist to Hamilton’s attack, capable of times 1.5secs faster than the direct followers. Reliability-wise Mercedes is suffering, but at the end of the day, it’s a price that the Brackley-based team is probably paying due to the lack of real competition from their rivals since the early stage of the season. That is, the relatively easy triumphal march of the W05 hybrid earlier in the year didn’t spotlight the possible weak points of this car. Hence, some of the failures occurring to both drivers could be seen as a sort of excess of confidence by the team in their quality control process, and design process. Hamilton’s brake disc failure in Hockenheim may be seen in fact as an example of this kind of avoidable failure, while Nico’s wiring loom breakage is the latest consequence of the same (old) causes. RACE SECTOR ANALYSIS SECTOR T2 Time analysis RANGE 41,829(ALO) – 44,212(ROS) 41.5 42.1 42.7 43.3 43.9 44.5 ALO RAI VET RIC MA G BUT MAS BOT HA M ROS T2 T2 RACE SECTOR ANALYSIS Sector T2 Speed analysis range 255,3 kmh(ROS) – 277,0Kmh (BOT) 254 260 266 272 278 ALO RAI VET RIC MAG BUT MAS BOT HAM ROS SPEED 2 SPEED 2 39 GPWEEK.com // 39 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> SINGAPORE PARTNERS: