Post by Slang Post by Brian Lawrence
Post by Slang
Where does MB find the absurd speeds in qualifying (they gain from 5
to 10 km / h in the maximum speeds in the various sectors from Q1 to
Q3, without changing the aerodynamics)? Miracle fuel? or do they also
have some illegal tricks?
Just curious, does anyone know how long each sector is? The circuit maps
show where each sector ends, but how many metres is each one?
If we had the sector lengths we could work out the average speed over
We do have lap lengths and average speeds of course - so far in 2020
the biggest increase from Q1 to Q2 was 4.5kph (Albon in Styrian GP,
where qualifying took place in wet conditions). If you exclude the
sessions where a driver was slower in Q2 than they were in Q1, the
avg increase (of 79) was 1.5kph.
Same with Q2 to Q3 - exclude slower runs in Q3 - avg increase 1.2kph
I do not mean the average speeds, but maximum speeds increments.
This is the parameter that shows the real PU power of each car.
Yes I read what you wrote, which prompted me to ask about actual sector
lengths at each track. Were that data available it would be easier to
analyse performance in Qually.
FWIW in the last GP (ESP), the Max speeds in Qually were:
Speed Trap Sainz 329.0 kph
Finish Line Stroll 291.4 kph
Int. 1 Stroll 295.6 kph
Int. 2 Hamilton 310.1 kph
The Catalunya Speed Trap is 220m before Turn 1.
Int. 1/2 are the ends of Sectors 1 & 2 (Finish Line obv. is end of S3).
Again, FWIW, Bottas was 15th, 7th, 8th & 2nd at the above timing points.
Hamilton was 17th, 8th, 6th & 1st. Bottas was quicker at SP & FL, and
Hamilton at I1 & I2.