Hamilton is fourth fastest and i've read that they are having a hard time dialing in the car with lack of grip. Schumacher had a fastest first sector when he was slowed by a Caterham. I bet his pace is better than what it showed.
I'm thinking that the Merc works well for qualfying and if Nico can give a perfect lap, that he'll be on pole again.
I'm not sure about his tire degradation during the race. Same with Schumacher. Could we see a Mike pole???? That would set the F1 world upside down!!!!
sexy machine, that McL is!
Given the two long straights, Merc could very well be on pole tomorrow. Another front row lockout?? That would be amazing!
I'd be happy if Alonso can take advantage of first lap fiascos, can't believe how slow they are compared to the other front runners. They do heat up their hard tires pretty well so their second and third stints should be pretty good given that they start on softs.
p.s. don't think Massa will be in points come Sunday.
The cards that Alonso has been dealt by coming over to Ferrari. So sad.
Number and likely timing of pit stops
Before any practice has been done on the circuit, Pirelli predicts three stops in the race. It will be the degradation in tyre performance, which will decide the pit stop strategy and this is likely to be dictated by the high track temperature and by the way the teams get their cars set up to cope with it. The rear tyres will go off first due to the number of traction events out of corners.
The teams may also be looking to manage their strategy differently, possibly looking to use the medium tyre more as a primary race tyre than the soft, possibly using it for two stints rather than one. This proved a winning ticket for Mercedes in China.
The front runners, who must start the race on their qualifying tyres, will be likely to start on used soft tyres as it is clearly the faster tyre for a qualifying lap.
The simulations show that the difference between the soft and medium tyres will be around 0.6 seconds per lap, although this will come right down in the race and that the life of the soft tyre will be 18 laps, with 22 laps the longest the medium tyre will last.
Our own analysis, using the Race Strategy Calculator shows that a two stop strategy with stops on laps 18 and 37 for new medium tyres looks like a good default strategy. Saving a set of new soft tyres looks like it has some advantages too. See if you can find a better strategy.
They obviously got something right in Milton Keynes! Nick is probably creaming himself right about now.
Seriously, where did RBR find the speed? They were off 7-8 kmh to the McLarens, and over 10 kmh to the Mercedes. Nice job by Nico to put it in 5th considering MS didn't make it through Q1. And how about Daniel Ricciardo w/ the fastest time in Q1, and putting that STR in 6th!
Should make for an interesting start w/ Vettel and Hamilton going for the first corner w/ Button and Rosberg right behind. And even though he's in 3rd, I expect Webber to make his usual pathetic start. . Who knows how far he will be down by the time they come out of Turn 3.
And interesting that Alonso posted no Q3 times. Are they trying to get that much more life out of the Softs that he will start on? From the article above by James Allen, it sounds like used Soft tires + full tanks will make for some serious tire wear. First pit stops by a top-10 car by lap 10?
Originally Posted by Bladecatcher
I won't lie, I was f*cking stoked to see Vettel pull that off
Equally shocked to see Schumacher fall out in Q1... The track temp dropping really caught a lot of people off guard I think; the pace picked up a lot at the end of the session.
Ric in the STR was massively impressive, as was Alonso yet again dragging that Ferrari by the scruff to the top-10. Poor Felipe thought he had Alonso's number in Q2 and then Alonso just obliterated him by half a second, lol. Nothing short of soul-crushing...
Should be a heck of a race with all of the different cars and how close everyone is
Edit: Apparently Schumacher's DRS failed in Q1...
Vettel is finally "happy" with his car, and it's fast, so look out..."The Finger" is backOriginally Posted by Schumacher
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The UK broadcast also noted that there was no footage of the Force India team, despite placing 10 and 13.
F1 controls the TV feed. Are they dishing out punishment for skipping practice and voicing concerns for their own safety?
"There is no moral. It's just a bunch of stuff that happens."
Sorry about that, and the confusion.
But as far as I remember the Speed guys said that both cars were running the same exhaust this weekend.
The differences between the two from China were that Seb's setup provided less down force, but at a much more predictable rate. I think meaning there wasn't as big of a drop off in downforce when he let off the throttle. Webber's produces more downforce, but there is a bigger drop off when off throttle.
Sorry about the confusion.