But, you have to agree that many time this year, plan was not even to fight Nico for forward place? To save precious tyres. I am not sure if they were fighting for podiums every race MS will behave like this. Because they fight for 7th usually it was good to use this strategy. Michael even "tragic" in the Q , almost beat Nico. In how many Qualy they really fight? 4-5? From 19? We will see this year I guess.
Can they come with different set up for the race from the simulator? Michael use simulator, make his car, then Nico use the simulator ,make his car. So ,they can come on the track with different cars and strategy. From Racer article they come on the track with set up 90% ready. But, what this mean, how different are their cars?
"B" plan, maybe. But still, MS was never too concerned with slotting in behind NR, and said so several times. I don't think it was the plan, to me it seemed more like he knew and accepted that he is slower on one lap currently. As Spa08 said, on his hot laps it could be seen that he tried what he could, over driving the car several times, and made mistakes. If you looked at onboard NR in qualys, he was much smoother during cornering fully exploiting the EBD engine mapping, whereas MS could not seem to get on top of his braking/accelerating points, which practically frekked his times. I was always surprised to see this, and unfortunately it was a major part of his natural speed, I think, his exit speed was always awesome, and now its not there. If this is cause by inabality to get on top of the EBD engine mapping, than we could see him getting better on one lap next season. If not, than I accept he lost some of his speed. But I still think it is the former.
edit: I don't think this can be answered with setup differences, and they said several times that they perfer similar things from the car.
Edited by Szoelloe, 20 December 2011 - 11:21.