There’s no launch control, drivers still have to manually operate the clutch, manually hold the revs and manually control wheel spin. If any one of those is even slightly off, they will have a less than perfect start. It may not be a small difference, but if someone around you does have a perfect start, it’s enough for them to get ahead of you.
What made Alonso’s overtake at the start so great wasn’t all down to the actual getaway (which was very good) but rather his commitment and instinct as to where to place his car. He was coming up on the two Red Bulls at quite a rate of knots and never once lifted the throttle. Best start I’ve seen since Trulli at Spa ’08.
Because of everything DavidS has said I consider getting a good start an art in itself. There are a few drivers such as Massa and Petrov (his Aus start last year was so good) who generally always nail the start better than most cars around them. It’s really easy to be a bit sluggish at the start and lose a few places too so I’d say it’s a skill all on its own.
Ripa move! Balls of steel… Curious as this has been raised in the past… Is is OK that Vets moved 3 times (left, right, left) across the the track. Is it only an issue if its in the braking zone? Could someone please clear this up for me?