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GP Week : Issue 207
Phenomen-ALO! TECHNICAL TeCHNICAl PAOLO FILISETTI Technical Editor My technical analysis of this race could possibly be considered by the readers as more emotional than technical – but truly that is not the case. It is in fact a matter of fact that the result of this race doesn’t reflect the true pecking order of the cars. In fact, our sector analysis shows the real potential (race) performance of the cars, and inevitably collides with the outcome at the end of the race. The sector times and top speed show without any doubt that the Mercedes duo, and notably even moreso Rosberg than Hamilton, could easily float their boat in tranquil waters, with a strong technical advantage compared to their rivals. Both, especially the German driver, show in the sector graphs that their intermediate times were among the best – if not the best for Rosberg, in a couple of sectors. The situation is the same regarding top speed, showing a high efficiency notwithstanding the high downforce configuration required by this track. The passage from wet to dry conditions and the Safety Cars, instead helped in terms of putting almost all the cars on a level playing field, in a way that other ingredients made the difference. We are speaking of both driver talent one one side and the strategic bravery of the team on the other. These, in fact, were the two elements on which Ferrari built its outstanding race. The bravery was represented by the decision to take the risk of chosing the Soft tyres for the second pitstop – leaving the longevity of those Soft tyres in the hands of Fernando Alonso, for more than 30 laps. The talent, of course, is that shown by the Spaniard in adopting a very smooth-on-the-tyres driving style – but effective enough to keep the strong W05 Hybrid behind his F14T. The ‘cliff’, in terms of tyre performance degradation was hence dramatically reduced, and only Ricciardo with fresher tyres and a very competitive Red Bull was capable of overtaking the Spaniard. We have to add in our analysis that the set-up choices made by Ferrari, and in particular Alonso, could easily have turned out to be too severe on tyres. In fact, the downforce level chosen was higher compared to HUNGARY RACE SECTOR ANALYSIS T1 TIME ANALYSIS RANGE 30,200(ROS) – 31,257(BUT) 30 30.3 30.6 30.9 31.2 31.5 ALO RAI VET RIC MAG BUT MAS BOT HAM ROS T1 T1 RACE SECTOR ANALYSIS T1 SPEED ANALYSIS RANGE 276,0Kmh(RAI) – 290,4 KMH(ROS) 276 279 282 285 288 291 ALO RAI VET RIC MAG BUT MAS BOT HAM ROS SPEED 1 SPEED 1 37 GPWEEK.com // 37 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> HUNGARY PARTNERS: