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GP Week : Issue 206
TECHNICAL hand, is the one where top speed is reached and where, on the contrary to what happens in the first sector, the aero efficiency of the cars plays a paramount role in helping setting a competitive sector time. If we look at Alonso, as an example, we can see how the F14T appeared particularly efficient and capable of both setting a very competitive sector time and a very high top speed at the end of the sector, both in T1 and T2. If we then take into account T3, we can see how instead, efficiency has no dramatic influence on the time performance. Here in fact, we can see how Red Bull partially recovers, compared to Mercedes, and the aforementioned Ferrari of Alonso. T3, together with the hairpin and narrow corners along the other sectors, plays a relevant role in terms of the mechanical traction of the cars. This element was considered critical and crucial by all the teams especially in terms of tyre management. The wheelspin sliding in fact generated a noticeable amount of graining of both the tyre compounds – Soft and SuperSoft. Pirelli decided to take these specifications here to partially ease the problems of the cars sliding sideways at the exit of the corners. We can see this choice partially helped few team in terms of reducing the gap from their direct opponent, as it was the case of Ferrari, and even McLaren. If we consider these two teams, we can also find an interesting outcome in terms of engine performance. Even if the two power units still differs in terms of a bunch of horsepower in favor of the Mercedes powered cars, we are able to see how the overall aero improvement of Ferrari and the setup chosen by Alonso, were more effective in terms of both top speed and time performace gain, compared to the increment of power output. This, measured on a 10bhp increment, was around 1.2 kilometres per hour as an average. So at the end of the day, on this track, it was more the chassis improvements that provided substantial overall peerformance gains. RACE SECTOR ANALYSIS SECTOR T2 Time analysis RANGE 36,867 – 37,505 36.5 36.7 36.9 37.1 37.3 37.5 37.7 37.9 ALO RAI VET RIC MAG BUT PER BOT HAM ROS T2 T2 RACE SECTOR ANALYSIS Sector T2 Speed analysis range 261,3 – 257,4 kmh 250 252.5 255 257.5 260 ALO RAI VET RIC MAG BUT PER BOT HAM ROS SPEED 2 SPEED 2 41 GPWEEK.com // 41 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> HOCKENHAIM PARTNERS: