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GP Week : Issue 211
Anyone who thinks Merc are sitting on their hands needed to watch qualifying at Suzuka ... TECHNICAL TeCHNICAL PAOLO FILISETTI Technical Editor Passing from singapore to suzuka in terms of kind of track it is like talking of another planet – the Japanese track is one of the most technical on the calendar and features almost every kind of corner that a driver may encounter in his career. Together with spa, suzuka forms the university of F1 tracks. That said, it is important to note that this time the real performance of the cars was only possible to be seen and measured in qualifying, due to the terrible weather conditions that disrupted the race. Our analysis however allowed us to note some elements that affected the performance of certain cars in the race, notably the two Red Bulls. In qualifying the most striking outcome was the gap that the two Mercedes were able to build against their competitors. The W05 hybrid in fact was able to set lap times around two seconds faster than any other car. After the Singapore race, we were almost sure that in Japan the dominance of the Silver Arrows would have been more evident, but honestly it was a shock to see that the pace of these two cars was dramatically faster than any direct competitor, Red Bull included. Notwithstanding their clear dominance this season, Mercedes brought to Suzuka huge changes to the car – in fact a revised diffuser, different rear bodywork and monkey seat, were among the changes we were able to note in the pit lane. These developments are not just related to the current performance – instead it is an introduction to some elements that will be refined before becoming part of the 2015 project. In the remaining races, included the last one in Abu Dhabi, new parts will be introduced – and will be available to both drivers, of course. Besides Mercedes, one of the main protagonists of this weekend was Red Bull. The Milton Keynes- SUZUKA QUALIFYING SECTOR ANALYSIS T1 TIME ANALYSIS RANGE 32,914(ROS) – 34,016(RAI) 32.5 33 33.5 34 34.5 ALO RAI VET RIC MAG BUT MAS BOT HAM ROS T1 T1 QUALIFYING SECTOR ANALYSIS T1 SPEED ANALYSIS RANGE 285,0Kmh(ROS) – 290,5 KMH(MAS) 276 281 286 291 ALO RAI VET RIC MAG BUT MAS BOT HAM ROS SPEED 1 SPEED 1 36 GPWEEK.com // 36 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> JAPAN PARTNERS: