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GP Week : Issue 214
TECHNICAL The fact that in Brazil the Mercedes cars were not at the front of the development rate, didn’t affect their competitiveness at all. It was very interesting to note how the two Silver Arrows, even on a short track such as Interlagos, were capable of delivering an advantage of almost a second per lap during the entire race. Furthermore, even considering their pace was absolutely unsustainable by the rest of the field, they were able to manage the tyre wear and especially the blistering of the front right had tyre in a way that the respective pace of Hamilton and Rosberg was unaffected. The Mercedes were not the only outrageously competitive cars seen during the weekend. Williams too demonstrated and reconfirmed what we have known of their car was throughout the season – the only one really close to the level of efficiency of the German cars. Looking at the sector analysis it is clear that on this track, the cars of Bottas and Massa were not only capable of a higher top speed, but almost in every sector, their performance was really close to the Mercedes. The main difference was in Sector 2 where the pace of the two leading cars was not comparable. The analysis of all the data collected confirmed the fact that it is mainly at the corner exit in the twistier section that the W05 build the greatest part of its dvantage. Traction and acceleration are two elements around which they have built the unreachable competitiveness of the car. It is as if the Mercedes cars have the same kind of acceleration typical of an electric engine! In other words, one of the main secrets of these cars is certainly the use and the interrelation between the electric generators and the combustion engine of the power unit. In few words, even though not technically correct, it is as if at the exit of the slow corners and in the first phase of acceleration, the W05 has an energy ‘boost’, more efficient and effective than all the other cars, even those using Mercedes power units. It is correct to say that we had the clear feeling throughout the weekend that the opposition Is reducing the gap slightly, or rather is putting on the table the proper countermeasures, to close the gap in the winter – having found not just the week areas on their cars, but also the medicines to cure them. In two weeks the final showdown of the season will include a huge amount of technical ingredients to spice up our interest in light of the next season. See you there. RACE SECTOR ANALYSIS SECTOR T2 Time analysis RANGE 37,855(ROS) – 38,966(RIC) 37.5 37.8 38.1 38.4 38.7 39 ALO RAI VET RIC MAG BUT MAS BOT HAM ROS T2 T2 RACE SECTOR ANALYSIS Sector T2 Speed analysis range 247,4 kmh(RIC) – 258,7Kmh (ROS) 247 250 253 256 259 ALO RAI VET RIC MAG BUT MAS BOT HAM ROS SPEED 2 SPEED 2 37 GPWEEK.com // 37 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> BRAZIL PARTNERS: