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GP Week : Issue 200
TECHNICAL This fact leads us to assume a degree of difference in setup between Rosberg and Hamilton, but also provides us grounds to consider if the top speed reached was more the effect of a very powerful power unit, or merely an effect of a low downforce aero setup. The third sector analysis provided us the answers we are looking for. The two Mercedes, are again the best time setters, as in Sector 1, while both Ferraris and Red Bulls and even the two McLaren set almost ‘photocopied’ times, ranging from 0.6 sec higher than Rosberg sector time, to 0,75sec. From the speed point of view, both the W05s were second to Bottas, with Hamilton just equalling Massa and Magnussen, but with Rosberg better than all the rest by at least 5 km/h compared to both Ferraris and 9 km/h compared to the Red Bulls. This results, as discussed above, provides us with valuable answers to our questions. In particular this data shows that the aero setup of the Merecedes was not the lightest nor the heaviest in terms of downforce. Hence part of the top speed performace, especially of Rosberg, relies on a greater PUperformance. At the same time the analysis shows a visible improvement from the Ferrari, with a small set-back for Red Bull. These combined results lead us to think that it was mainly the track layout which better suited the Italian cars than the ones from Milton Keynes. Undoubtedly the F14T showed more consistency, especially in terms of the use of the power output, provided by the PU. In particular, it seems that the Italian engineers were able to reach a better integration between the electric part and the combustion engine of the PU. Regfardless, the data confirms just how far the Italian squad has to go to reach a level of competitiveness adequate to match the Mercedes. Red Bull was in a sort-of damage- reduction mode in China, but we expect to see the two RB10, in a good shape again in Barcelona. The next race will be of turning point in the championship. All the teams are expected to bring as many updates as ever seen – not just in the first four races, but even compared to past years. At Montmelo, our job of technical analysts will reach a peak level in terms of finding and explaining all the developments that will be introduced on the cars. We will be there, to bring you the deepest possible tech insight. RACE SECTOR ANALYSIS Time analysis in sector T2 30 30.5 31 31.5 ALONSO RAIKKONEN VETTEL RICCIARDO MAGNUSSEN BUTTON MASSA BOTTAS HAMILTON ROSBERG T2 T2 RACE SECTOR ANALYSIS Speed analysis in sector T2 265 270 275 280 ALONSO RAIKKONEN VETTEL RICCIARDO MAGNUSSEN BUTTON MASSA BOTTAS HAMILTON ROSBERG SPEED 2 SPEED 2 47 GPWEEK.com // 47 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> CHINA PARTNERS: