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GP Week : Issue 200
Why the Mercedes is still by far the best package TECHNICAL TeCHNICAL PAOLO FILISETTI Technical Editor every race now provides us more data to judge the Mercedes W05 as the phenomenal car it appears to be. It might seem trivial saying that but in all honestly, the reality is not as straightforward as it seems from the results. This race, the last flyaway of this first leg of the championship was particularly interesting, as in many ways this circuit gave an even clearer picture of the current technical pecking order and strengths of the teams. Mercedes leads flawlessly with a car that has the best overall efficiency in terms of aero balance and best power output of the Power Unit (PU). The sector analysis in fact shows how Hamilton, and Rosberg were hyper-competitive in each sector of the track. If we take into account the t T1 chart, we see that the two Mercedes are at the lead, but that Rosberg’s car was capable of a top speed better than any other, thanks to a set up slightly lighter in terms of downforce load. Even so, we can’t consider his setup as an extreme one, as in the case of the Williams’ pair. On the opposite side of the fence, we can assume that both Red Bulls and Ferraris chose an high- downforce level setup, with just a slight difference between the two RB10s, and a greater one between the two red cars, with Raikkonen slightly heavier in terms of load compared to Alonso. The analysis of the second sector of the track is the one that confirms our first assumptions. In fact, we can see that the two Mercedes, even in this sector, were among the best, with Hamilton just struggling a bit, compared to Rosberg. The Red Bulls and Alonso, show a similar set-up, accordingly producing a pretty good result in this sector, setting respectively the second (Alonso) third and fourth best sector times. Astonishingly, the speed analysis for this sector shows Rosberg as the fastest, with a car that also set the best sector time in this twisty section of the track. Hamilton instead was just the fifth slowest car. continued next page RACE SECTOR ANALYSIS T1 TIME ANALYSIS 25.5 26 26.5 27 27.5 ALONSO RAIKKONEN VETTEL RICCIARDO MAGNUSSEN BUTTON MASSA BOTTAS HAMILTON ROSBERG T1 T1 RACE SECTOR ANALYSIS T1 SPEED ANALYSIS 270 275 280 285 290 ALONSO RAIKKONEN VETTEL RICCIARDO MAGNUSSEN BUTTON MASSA BOTTAS HAMILTON ROSBERG SPEED 1 SPEED 1 46 GPWEEK.com // 46 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> CHINA PARTNERS: