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GP Week : Issue 211
TECHNICAL based team in fact adopted a qualifyingstrategy in favour of the race, taking into consideration the variable weather conditions that would be featured during the race. The team decided in fact to sacrifice part of the qualifying performance, by adopting a wet set up useful in the race. This obviously reflected in the lap times set by Ricciardo and Vettel, but it is even more visible in the sector analysis, where the two RB10 showed not just slow sector times, but also low top speed due to the particular set-up chosen. The difference in terms of top speed cost them a gap of 14kmh from the fastest cars, notably the Williams of Bottas and Massa. Another interesting data outcome concerned the Ferrari F14T, which demonstrated itself once again to be in deep trouble at such a kind of track, in dry conditions. In fact the negative performance seen during qualifying could have been easily overturned during the race, notably by Alonso, if an electric problem had not stopped him after just two laps. The Italian car, that showed some encouraging signs in Singapore, is still suffering in terms of lack of top speed performance and stability in the fast corners. At this stage of the season, new developments (apart from those expected to specifically suit some features of the track of the remaining races) are unlikely to be seen. The Italian team is trying to limit damage till the end of the season, even though a track like Sochi next week could represent an interesting opportunity for a better showing. Even though the layout of the Russian track looks faster compared to Singapore, we can see that there are many similarities between these two tracks, hence the F14T could be more competitive. One element in favour will be the brakes. Even though he ambient temperature of Sochi is not comparable to Singapore, the brake temperature could be generally high. Apart from two long straights, there will be a series of corners featuring an array of short accelerations and braking, that could easily raise the disc and pad temperatures. Of course this isn’t a dramatic problems for some teams, but it is pretty certain that many cars will feature increased brake cooling inlets, hence partially spoiling their aero efficiency. Expect some interesting experiments by Red Bull and Mercedes, notably related to their front end and to their rear wings. We will keep you updated in one week’s time. Arigato ... for now! QUALIFYING SECTOR ANALYSIS SECTOR T2 Time analysis RANGE 41,494(ROS) – 42,423(VET) 41 41.3 41.6 41.9 42.2 42.5 ALO RAI VET RIC MA G BUT MAS BOT HA M ROS T2 T2 QUALIFYING SECTOR ANALYSIS Sector T2 Speed analysis range 302,0 kmh(RIC) – 316,9Kmh (BOT) 302 305 308 311 314 317 ALO RAI VET RIC MAG BUT MAS BOT HAM ROS SPEED 2 SPEED 2 37 GPWEEK.com // 37 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> JAPAN PARTNERS: