Here, first-of-all let me present the data from yesterday's race.
First of all, what happens when a team is able to obtain a perfect setup
or, i.e., hit the tire's 'sweet spot
' for the track/weather conditions.Vettel vs RaikkonenRosberg vs Hamilton vs Button vs Alonso vs Schumacher
As you can see, Vettel and Raikkonen's times were almost identical, despite them starting from 1st and 11th respectively. Also notice how close the times are between the Mercedes, McLaren and Alonso. Even though they're 0.5 - 1 seconds off the pace of Vettel, they own times are very similar. Its almost as if they were following a scripted computer code (like an A.I.
in a game) and you could almost put a computer driver in the cockpit instead of a human driver. No offense intended, because the similarity and consistency of the lap times between the World Champions are very little (compared to Ricciardo, Maldonado, Senna, etc). Also notice the lap times similarities between Hamilton who started 2nd and Schumacher who started 22nd, Schumacher did have pace, or to be precise, delta-time pace. Hamilton lost 10 seconds in the pit stop issue or he could have finished P4-P5. Webber was an exception yesterday, I did not understand his pace variations.
Second case, lets see what happens, and the benefit of a perfect tire management
and what happens when the driver is constantly
involved in fighting for positions on the track (racing wheel-to-wheel
).Di Resta vs Kobayashi
Di Resta and Kobayashi both attempted the two-stop strategy. However, the key difference was that (a) Kobayashi was involved in a lot more fights that Di Resta, and (b) Kobayashi opting for the Softer tire in his second stint meant he could not make it last long enough to prevent his third stop from happening sooner. Di Resta only fight for positions was with his teammate Hulkenberg, whom the team ordered to let Di Resta pass (due to different strategies) and the fight with Alonso at the very last lap. Note:
Once Kobayashi puts on his new Soft tire in the last stop, he is immediately fastest, in fact he got 2nd fastest lap
of the race, just proving that the Sauber DID have race pace, but the pace at which he was running earlier wasn't due to the car, it was due to tire management strategies.
Hereby, the graph below is very interesting. What happens if you ignore tire management
and just go berserk for the fastest times possible, 100%
of the car's limit, without bothering about tires? Let me point out Jean-Eric Vergne.Jean-Eric Vergne, lap times
It is interesting because immediately after his final stop, Vergne decided to go flat-out. His lap time was 1.37.058, which was the 2nd fastest of that lap (0.1s slower than Vettel
), and the 4th fastest overall. Yet, due to this, by the end of the race, by the last lap, his pace dropped +5.3 seconds and despite having no traffic, on the last three laps he was the slowest in the entire field, even slower than the HRTs, Virgins,
etc., (fact). So this, the inability to push at 100% or else your tires are gone, I think this is what most drivers fear most at this time. One lap you're 0.1 seconds slower than Vettel, and then one lap you're slower than the HRT.
Perhaps, if Pirelli could increase the peak-effectiveness of the tire by just a 'little-bit' more perhaps from 1 lap to 5-6 laps, it would be perfect.
Edited by aliasj, 23 April 2012 - 11:41.