What do you guys think about Allison's comments in the latest Autosport article? http://www.autosport...t.php/id/106155
He's basically saying it's "just" the tyres that made Lotus look so good in Australia, not the cars inherent pace. My first impressions were rather different from Allison's statements as I thought it is more than anything else a trade-off between one lap and race pace this year in terms of car set-up. After the weekend I was convinced that Lotus could have gone faster in quali as they optimised the car for race performance and Kimi admitted he was too cautious and even made a mistake on his lap, so the fourth row on the grid should not be the God given place for this car as Allison makes it sound. As for the race, I believe Kimi could even have made a 3 stopper work as he was taking it easy for large parts and considering the ease he managed to do the necessary overtakes.
Thankfully we won't have to speculate another week.
I believe what Allison is saying is simply that doing a stop less like in Australia probably won't be possible everywhere because of the tyres, not because they are 'scared' that they won't be able to get the car working well enough to do it.
For example, Malaysia is 56 laps and let's assume Lotus can run around 30% longer stints than Ferrari etc.
- Scenario 1:
Let's say Ferrari etc. can run 12 laps on the softer tyres and 24 on the harder, while Lotus can run 16 laps on the softer and 32 on the harder. That means that both of them will run a 2 stopper, altough Lotus could go far longer on a set of of tyres, just not long enough to pull of a 1 stopper. There's basically no huge use/benefit for being able to run longer over the course of the race except that they have a bit more freedom in strategy (stay out longer or pit earlier to get clean air) and can push a bit harder for some laps, i.e. make one stint significant shorter and push hard to try and overtake some cars.
- Scenario 2:
Let's say Ferrari etc. can run 8 laps on the softer tyres and 17 on the harder, while Lotus can run 11 laps on the softer and 23 on the harder.
The Ferrari's will have to do a 3-stopper, while the Lotus can pull of a 2-stopper again, resulting in an immediate 20s gain over the race distance.
It's just dependent on how long the tyres last. Sometimes they will be Lucky that the maximum stint lengths between them and the other teams are such that they allow a stop less, other times they will have to make the same nr of stops although they can make the tyres last quite a bit longer.
Edited by F.M., 19 March 2013 - 11:58.