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GP Week : Issue 203
TECHNICAL aero point of view. Ferrari on the other hand struggles to keep up with the pace of the best ones. The speed analysis of this sector is a further confirmation. There is no match in terms of speed between Ferrari, Red Bull and the Mercedes powered teams. Analysing then the final sector, the one that includes the long straight up to the finish line, the picture becomes complete and without any room for misinterpretation. In T3 it is evident how the supremacy of the Mercedes powered teams is undisputable, with only McLaren in a struggling position. On the other hand, Red Bull is able to minimize the damage in this sector, while Ferrari’s figures show how the new package introduced was unable to cure the weak areas of the F14T, showing alackofspeednotduetoa particularly high downforce setup (on the contrary in fact, here, it was reasonably low). The lack of speed is due to lack of power in the high gears. What we initially thought of as being a weakness of this car, the traction, is not exactly the main problem. This was already confirmed by the race in Monaco, where traction is paramount, and Ferrari, was able to show an average decent pace. The speed analysis of the final sector represents an unnecessary confirmation of our previous assumptions. Mercedes and the Mercedes-powered teams were able to capitalize in this sector with the high-speed performance of their PUs while Ferrari and Renault still lack significantly in this area. But we have to make a distinction between the performance of these two makes. If we look at the speed trap we can see that the picture is slightly different. In fact the speed trap gives us the confirmation that, as usual, Red Bull run a higher downforce level when compared to Ferrari. So, if we take this data into proper consideration, we can see that the speed performance of the Red Bull is only partially due to the low power output of their PU. Instead, in case of the Ferrari, the PU has no alibi in terms of its not producing an output capable of taking the F14T to a higher level of performance in a straight line. Of course, aerodynamics has a huge ‘responsibility’, in terms of efficiency, but considering the kind of aero set up chosen, this responsibility dramatically reduces. What can we conclude? If Canada was to be the place where Ferrari could fight back, it is clear that this race showed it was not really the case. Ferrari has much to do if it is not to drift backward further in the pecking order. Red Bull, instead , was able to take the opportunity to catch Mercedes – at probably the only track where this could happen, and bearing in mind that without the tech failure of the Silver Arrows, this race would have had another ending. In two weeks time Austria welcomes back Formula One on the Red Bull ring, a place that. thanks to its name. you might imagine a friendly place for the Milton Keynes team ... but we expect that this circuit will be another perfect stage for a Mercedes show. QUALIFYING SECTOR ANALYSIS Time analysis in sector T2 24 24.25 24.5 24.75 25 ALONSO RAIKKONEN GROSJEAN RICCIARDO VETTEL BUTTON MASSA BOTTAS HAMILTON ROSBERG T2 T2 QUALIFYING SECTOR ANALYSIS Speed analysis in sector T2 283 287 291 295 ALONSO RAIKKONEN GROSJEAN RICCIARDO VETTEL BUTTON MASSA BOTTAS HAMILTON ROSBERG SPEED 2 SPEED 2 36 GPWEEK.com // 36 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> CANADA PARTNERS: