F1- 2018 Season.

Mike-B posted:

Question is was it just a coincidence with the FIA warning over exhaust blowing & the apparent loss of whatever with Ferrari.   2nd question was why LH was so much faster than VB when they were so close in practice & qualifying.

Yes, odd how Ferrari have moved from high levels of aero related grip with low tyre wear, to less grip and more sliding in corners with higher tyre wear....Plus apparently, since a bit of scrutiny, the Ferrari no longer makes the different sounds associated with funny engine mapping through the corners either. Just coincidence I’m sure.

Lewis says he kind of lucked out with wing settings for race day which made the car much more to his liking and enabled him to use it as a test session with no one else really in the fight for the win. Lucky chap. Will he share with other side of garage?

Eloise posted:
Mike-B posted:

I need to work out why the 2nd SV pitstop didn't work for them,  peeps in the know are telling me they thought Mercedes missed a trick on that one with Lewis on a 23 sec lead & under the safety car; so why did they not stop when Ferrari did but it did not work for them.

Surely just a question of tyre wear, Ferrari felt SV wouldn’t get to the end on those tyres, they also fell for Mercedes mechanics coming out perhaps - I suspect VB was told do whatever SV doesn’t.  Then Ferrari has a slow stop putting him behind MV too. 

I'm not convinced on that Eloise,  I'm more inclined to go with Jamie's suspicions about engine mapping & exhaust blowing;  Ferrari went from a car that managed tyres well to tyre wear & corner handling issues - all (coincidentally) associated with engine modes set for wing blowing.   My question was concerning the new tyres SV got at his 2nd pitstop,  they did absolutely nothing to improve the cars handling/speed - compared against the older tyres on MV's car he was chasing. 

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