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GP Week : Issue 212
First Day at School syndrome TECHNICAL TeCHNICAL PAOLO FILISETTI Technical Editor each time a new track enters the F1 calendar, it is ‘first day a t the school’ for everybody. Not just because it is a new venue for all the F1 fraternity, but mainly from the technical point of view it is a journey towards the unknown, notwithstanding the current simulation technology available to the teams. This is reflected in the approach the teams during the weekend, trying any way to maximise the amount of information (data) collected in each practice session to find the best possible setup for their cars. This of course is the basic attitude of each team, but the amount of initial information is generally insufficient to base he setup of both cars on, or to follow a single strategy. Even though all the teams are able to collect valuable data during practices, it is usually common sense to adopt different setup strategies for the twocars–onecarmaybesetup maximising the efficiency and top speed performance, while the other will be more at ease in the twister sections of the track. In this way the result will be two almost completely different performance graphs, in particular looking at the sector analysis. Taking this kind of route, of splitting the set up between the two cars, makes sense on new tracks, where it is uncertain what sector of track should prevail in terms of obtaining the best performance. The sector analysis we recorded here provides us a clear picture of what we have just explained. Looking at the sector times and at the top speed at the end of each sector, and speed trap, it is clear that every team decided to adopt a double strategy. If we look as example at the Williams cars, we can see how Bottas and Massa are respectively on the opposite ends of the speed chart in more than one sector, while SOCHI RACE SECTOR ANALYSIS T1 TIME ANALYSIS RANGE 35,605(BOT) – 36,512(RAI) 35 35.5 36 36.5 37 ALO RAI VET RIC MAG BUT MAS BOT HAM ROS T1 T1 RACE SECTOR ANALYSIS T1 SPEED ANALYSIS RANGE 247,0 Kmh(RAI) – 260,5 KMH(BOT) 246 249 252 255 258 261 ALO RAI VET RIC MAG BUT MAS BOT HAM ROS SPEED 1 SPEED 1 36 GPWEEK.com // 36 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> RUSSIA PARTNERS: