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GP Week : Issue 202
TECHNICAL speeds are the best. This means that the wing angle adopted was not so dramatically high and detrimental to the top speed in this sector. Instead, we can see that the speed trap is dramatically negative for Ferrari. And, again, the result is not mainly due to the aero setup chosen – instead it is mainly due to the lower power output of the PU. Looking at the Red Bull, in particular to the third-placed one, that of Ricciardo, we can see that the sector times in each sector were the second best in T2 and T3, showing at the same time a top speed among the best in Sector 2 and at the Speed trap, but not in Sector 3. The speed trap shows us how big the PU improvement of this car has been in the last few races, but at the same time shows also how the aero efficiency has improved. The changes introduced here have mainly been focused on increasing the downforce load obtainable, but at the same time, at Red Bull, they tried to follow the same path of the Mercedes. ie, as I have already outlined in previous races, Mercedes has an all round car, that expresses its best potential at the medium- fast tracks, but in reality there is no circuit that is not favourable to the W05. It is an all-round car. After Melbourne, Red Bull completely dismantled the RB10 – we can say it was vivisectioned in each part – trying to discover not only the weak points, but also to build up on the strong ones. And Ricciardo seemed capable of finding a better feeling with the car compared to team-mate Vettel. Here in Monaco, apart the bad luck affecting the German, it appears to me that the driving style of the Australian not only better suits the vehicle dynamics of the RB10, but also makes it easier for this car to start to become a sort-of all-round car, similar to the Mercedes W05. As we have said in the recent past, even though Red Bull are still far from the level of competiveness of the German cars, they look the only real and credible opponent to them. We would not be surprised if, by the summer break, Red Bull might be able to put one victory under their belt. And now ... wait and see what happens in Montreal. There, Ferrari will bring many new parts and revised PU software management. Could the Canadian race be be a turning point for the Italian squad? RACE SECTOR ANALYSIS Time analysis in sector T2 36 36.3 36.6 36.9 37.2 37.5 ALONSO RAIKKONEN GROSJEAN RICCIARDO MAGNUSSEN BUTTON MASSA HULKENBERG HAMILTON ROSBERG T2 T2 RACE SECTOR ANALYSIS Speed analysis in sector T2 175 180 185 190 ALONSO RAIKKONEN GROSJEAN RICCIARDO MAGNUSSEN BUTTON MASSA HULKENBERG HAMILTON ROSBERG SPEED 2 SPEED 2 40 GPWEEK.com // 40 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> MONACO PARTNERS: