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  • #285283
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    My nominee would be Hulkenberg on Bottas on lap… 42, I think.

    #284396
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    I still think Interlagos is as much a one-off as Austin, it’s just that my initial expectation about its tarmac was turned completely upside down (I expected it to be too oil-y to be as quick as the 2007-2013 surface, and it is somehow the opposite).

    #283554
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    Did the track length change?

    #283553
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    To the OP, I think so and I think your analysis comes to the right conclusion.

    Don’t forget, CotA’s track surface has just bedded in, it’s three years in operation, less oily, a bit more rough, just enough to provide ample times more grip than in 2012 and, to an extent, in 2013.

    Interlagos, meanwhile, should be slippery like a… well, I won’t make the metaphor. But, you get the picture.

    I also agree with Matthijs regarding 2015.

    #283392
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    Wow, is that last turn even flat-out anymore?

    It probably is, if all else fails, the still heavy banking will make it so.

    It’s still ‘cuttable’ though, although I expect Charlie to simply say ‘you can’t go below the white line’ and that’s it.

    #282745
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    Ricciardo on Alonso comes to mind. Vintage Ricciardo, but this time on high fuel and rather cold tyres.

    #281717
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    I don’t have Montreal, but, by accident, I have 1955-1971 Monza. I can share it, if it’s OK as well. (It must be easier as there’s a lot less corner on that one.)

    #281401
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    I like it how IndyCar keeps ovals, road courses and street circuits balanced in its schedule.

    If only F1 would do the same, at least across low-, medium- and high-downforce tracks, not to mention a race on an oval (although I understand the latter would mean an oval-spec chassis and in the current financial strain that’s be a tad too much to ask for).

    Then again, Indy cars always had their roots in oval racing, so it’s understandable they keep up a significant presence there – and also that fans were outraged, when CART went increasingly for street and road courses only.

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    @keithedin Yeah, average speeds are intriguing. I’ve looked at them ever since I read books of Nigel and Ayrton from the 1980s, where average speeds were often explicitly emphasised for some reason. I like to compare those to nowadays’.

    For example, I also like it, when I stumble upon a strange one, like the Red Bull Ring for this year. I’d have never imagined it’d be that high up on the list alongside Silverstone and Suzuka, given that it has much lower average corner speeds (at least in the first two thirds of the lap) and it arguably has lot much longer straights than Suzuka. What catched me out, I guess, was the short lap and the fact that those full throttle parts are much longer in this relation. (Also, as the previous formula, which ran on the track in 1997-2003 was more of an aero formula than an engine formula, it was ranked a tad lower back then. Last, but not least, the average speeds across the calendar decreased with the Tilkedroms as well, further elevating the Red Bull Ring.)

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    Nice and tidy analysis, extremely well-formulated. I agree with your conclusions as well, although I’d especially wish to highlight that point 1 is not surprising and oyu might even have done a lot more work compared to what we can deduct from the car-to-track characteristics we’ve seen so far this year.

    The average speed is a good proxy, I think, but getting into the details one can say that the more flat-out sections and full throttle % a track have, the better Williams will be owing to their extremely efficient aero design and strong power unit. Vice versa, the sheer downforce level of the Red Bull gives them the advantage when there are less of the above features on the tracks.

    Another very good thing to consider – and once again, this correlates with average speeds a bit – are the aero configurations.

    Red Bull sweeps the floor with the Williams on the maximum downforce tracks (Monte-Carlo, Hungaroring, Singapore) and vice versa, Williams is by far ahead on the low downforce (Monza) and the medium downforce circuits (Montreal, Spa). What we generally term as ‘high downforce’ rounds are in fact also two categories, one being closer to the medium levels (Sakhir, Shanghai, Red Bull Ring, Hockenheim, Suzuka, Sochi, Interlagos) and one being closer to the maximum levels (Melbourne, Sepang, Barcelona, Silverstone, Austin, Abu Dhabi). In the case of the former, Williams is closer to or beat Red Bull, in the case of the latter, they generally fall a bit short.

    Furthermore, it’s interesting to note the exceptions: e. g. Red Bull, unusually, ran its low downforce aero kit in Spa, when everybody else ran on medium downforce. This gave them an unlikely advantage over Williams – but the fact that the Williams itself is so aero efficient enabled them to run Montreal and Spa in their usual high downforce configuration and still remain fairly competitive, especially in Montreal.

    And there are a couple of nice car characteristics to cross over as well – e. g. the Ferrari’s fondness of the high-speed corners, the McLaren’s excellent low speed traction and short gearing, the Force India’s short wheelbase and long gearing, etc.

    This season is a goldmine from an engineering point of view due to teams reacting slightly, but – even for the outsiders – noticeably differently to the new rules.

    #279413
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    Well, one can say thing business model worked well for EA in the past – of course, the biggest loosers were the fans and the players back then as well. They are simply not motivated to do better and the sales should still come in strong with the fanboys – not us, true fanatics – supposedly still jumping at the opportunity to be someone they are not (i. e. be Daniil Kvyat for example), regardless of the physics, features, etc.

    #278662
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    Definitely Vergne re-passing Magnussen hanging around the outside of T3 to get the inside line into T4.

    #278431
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    I got to like Scott McLaughlin when I saw his battle with Whincup in Adelaide at the end of the season opener.

    I’m glad he made as great start as he did. :)

    #278262
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    Thanks @pezlo2013 and @greg-c for the lap time info.

    Will pop into the coverage once or twice. I just love the track, I consider it the most difficult, at least certainly in GRID Autosport and one of the most difficult (as a custom track) in GP4. It’s hilariously challenging and I love it, when drivers are on the edge while racing on it. This February’s 12h race finish and Jamie Whincup’s pole for last year’s 1000km are the ones that stand out for me.

    #278098
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    Is it the recently laid new tarmac which caused these times to drop from the previous years, or the cars got quicker? (Or both.)

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