Post by ~misfit~ Post by larkim Post by Mark Jackson Post by larkim Post by Brian W Lawrence Post by larkim Post by larkim
How much benefit did Hamilton gain by pitting for the last time whilst the
VSC was still going? I noted that it said VSC ending when he came
in which suggested not much benefit, but was surprised when he
was so close to Vettel when he excited the pits on the next (?)
lap, implying he'd benefited from the VSC as he wasn't catching
Vettel up that much on the soft tyres. Or was his out lap just
Answering my own question:-
Lap 33 1.25.5 1.25.6
Lap 34 1.34.3 1.33.4 (first lap slowed by VSC?
Lap 35 1.59.9 2.00.7
Lap 36 2.00.7 2.01.2(p)
Lap 37 1.33.5(p) 1.41.4 (VSC cancelled early on this lap?)
The VSC ended before HAM's stop - end of 36 - but his in lap was
mostly under VSC.
And presumably a small proportion of Vettel's lap 37 was under VSC too?
I'm sure the on scren graphic as Hamilton was pitting was showing
"VSC period ending" (or similar). Don't know how long this warning
lasts for before full racing speed is allowed again.
But there's definitely got to be something in this otherwise
Hamilton would not have been up with Vettel once Vettel left the
pits. I've not read of Vettel making an error on his in-lap
(another way to lost time).
"By the time Ferrari could respond the race was back under way
properly. Vettel's in-lap began while the race was still under VSC.
This certainly cost him time - around four seconds - at the start of
lap 37, but that wouldn't have made the difference had Hamilton not
also taken extra chunks out of the Ferrari by blitzing it through
the second and third sectors while Vettel headed for the pits.
"Vettel's stop at the end of lap 37 was decent enough, but the time
lost through the transition from VSC to racing again meant he emerged
side-by-side with Hamilton approaching Turn 1."
Thanks Mark. I think they underestimate the VSC deficit.
On lap 35 Hamilton was 7.6s behind Vettel. And was (self evidently)
right alongside him when Vettel exited the pits. No matter how good
he is, I'd be surprised if Hamlton could find 3.6s in the last couple of
sectors. Though perhaps on cooler tyres, Vettel's inlap was
doubly - by the VSC restrictions, and then by getting the car / tyres /
brakes back up to temp as part of his inlap. And of course, Hamilton had
new tyres on so might have got something of a first lap boost too.
Anyway, happy it's not just my imagination that clocked this
Shame most of the mainstream press in the UK aren't reporting on this bit
of fortune quite as heavily.
It's not fortune. Mercedes could have saved even more time by pitting
Hamilton a lap earlier under *full* VSC conditions (the pit crew was ready
for each of the two previous laps but were waiting on a call) but that would
have allowed Ferrari to respond on the next lap and largely negate the
advantage if the VSC continued. Merc took the tyres out then in again a
couple of times trying to time it just right.
Instead they waited, with one eye on the recovery crew, and called Hamilton
in just as they calculated the VSC was going to end, making it impossible
for Ferrari to respond to their strategy also under the VSC. Indeed "VSC
Ending" was on screen as Hamilton turned into the pit entry and actually
ended just as Hamilton got to the pit speed limit line so his advantage was
far less than it might have been (as he was limited to VSC speeds until he
exited the pits).
Everybody else who pitted under the VSC did so at their first opportunity.
That is not "good fortune", it's bloody great work by the team to get a jump
on Ferrari. One shouldn't confuse great tactics with good fortune.
"Humans will have advanced a long, long way when religious belief has a cozy
little classification in the DSM*."
David Melville (in r.a.s.f1)
(*Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders)
There is some good fortune in it. The very fact that there was a VSC due to
factors outside of their control was good fortune.
The timing of the ending of the VSC worked well for Hamilton, good fortune.
advantage. Good fortune, but definitely (with hindsight) good strategic