Grand Prix 2018 Mexico Grand Prix Practice, Qualifying & Race Discussion

Discussion in 'Formula One Discussion' started by Angel, Oct 21, 2018.

  1. siffert_fan

    siffert_fan Too old to watch the Asian races live. Contributor

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    Yes, they should.

    If you look at the number of fastest laps set by the teams, which IMO is a more valid method of measuring race performance than is qualifying, Ferrari has only been the third fastest car this season. Mercedes has the most FLs, followed by the RBs, and then the Red Menace, with one-third as many as the Bulls. If the RBs had anything like decent reliability, they might have been able to really challenge the Mercs. The difference in Ferrari performance between qualifying and racing would seem to indicate aero problems when they are in dirty air.
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  3. Chasz

    Chasz Points Scorer

    Stiffert the fastest laps method may have been the best way to measure the quickest car during the refuelling or indeed before Pirelli but you can easily have someone pit for fresh boots towards the end of the race and set a faster time than those on older tyres. I think this explains why RB has such a high number of FLs proportionally, as I can't believe they were a faster package than Ferrari!
  4. Titch

    Titch Champion Elect Premium Contributor

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    Well no reason at all Bill Boddy , I was responding to the post above from Chasz, who seemed to be suggesting that if Ferrari were faster than the Mercedes for the last two races it would put them on a par for the entire season
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2018
  5. gethinceri

    gethinceri Daniil Kvyat Fan. Alfa Romeo Fan. Contributor

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    This isn't the Cycling thread.
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  6. siffert_fan

    siffert_fan Too old to watch the Asian races live. Contributor

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    Given that ANY team could use such a strategy, why, in your estimation, would the Bulls be using it and not Ferrari?
  7. Chasz

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    I'm entirely sure I said that. I'm more pointing out that strategy permutations make counting FLs as a measure of overall package performance not necessarily the best measure.

    I said, (in my opinion!), the Ferrari is a better overall package than the RB

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