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GP Week : Issue 205
TECHNICAL tyres were not a real performance differentiator on this track, while the race was more affected by the fuel consumption ratio. Red Bull, as mentioned, swapped their position in the ranking of the cars sporting the higher downforce set-up with Mercedes. This time, the RB10s of Vettel and Ricciardo, played a role of all-round cars – in fact their speed performance showed that the set-up chosen was not so distant from the Williams one. We are of course talking about Bottas’ car, whose overall performance showed that on fast tracks, where fast corners are predominant, the Williams is the right combination to perform well. The car started from the rearmost section of the grid of course, due to a disastrous management of qualifying by the team. Regardless, the fact that Bottas was able to reach the second position, showed that the overall efficiency of this car paid dividends in terms of overtaking capability. It is important to note that it will not be very likely to see the same kind of showing at the next race, as the Hockenheim track features are dramatically different from Silverstone. Ferrari on the other hand showed decent race pace, thanks to an outstanding drive from Fernando Alonso – it was possible to gain many positions thanks to outstanding overtaking by the Spaniard. At the same time, the configuration chosen for the F14 T was one that aided the top speed performance of the car. This is clearly shown in the sector analysis where the top speed of this car, in each sector, was among the best of the grid. Only Williams and sometimes Force India were capable of beating the F14 T in this respect. This choice was made mainly due to the circuit layout, and to the belief in the Italian team, that enhancing the speed performance would be easily translated into fast lap times and easier overtaking manoeuvres. This was paramount in the outcome of Alonso’s race, considering his starting position towards the back of the grid. Nevertheless, the ultimate top speed performance of the F14 T is still lacking – In fact in the close battle with Vettel’s car, it was clearly visible that the speed of the two cars were dramatically different, in favor of the German’s RB. As we said, Red Bull, here found on their home soil a track to express the potential of their car in a different way, thanks to a lower downforce configuration of the RB 10 compared to the standard one, adopted in the previous races. RACE SECTOR ANALYSIS SECTOR T2 Time analysis RANGE 39,637 – 40,486 39 39.3 39.6 39.9 40.2 40.5 ALO KVY VET RIC MAG BUT HUL BOT HAM ROS T2 T2 RACE SECTOR ANALYSIS Sector T2 Speed analysis range 243,9 – 252,3 kmh 243 245 247 249 251 253 ALO KVY VET RIC MAG BUT HUL BOT HAM ROS SPEED 2 SPEED 2 39 GPWEEK.com // 39 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> SILVERSTONE PARTNERS: