Below follows an analysis provided by German publication AMuS and kindly translated by Patrick Heemstra. Paraphrased by thejudge13 and John Myburgh.
The ‘perfect lap’ is defined as one where the best 3 sector times from any driver are added together to give the ultimate lap time at a given race occasion. So before the cars hit the track in Melbourne here’s one last look at what we can glean from Barcelona test 2.
We all know Nico Rosberg was the ‘King of Barcelona testing’ with a best time of 1:20:130 and the Mercedes driver almost drove the perfect lap but missed it by 17 thousands of a second.
Nico’s fastest lap included a sector 1 time just 0.005 slower than his best 1st sector and a sector 2 time that was 0.012 from the best.
The perfect lap would have been a combination of Alonso and Rosberg’s laps giving a time of 1:19:887!
Just 4 drivers drove ‘ideal laps’ – Pastor Maldonado, Paul di Resta, Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton. The ‘ideal lap’ is where their fastest time was in fact made up of a single lap with each sector being the fastest that each driver actually delivered over all.
The driver furthest from the ‘ideal lap’ was Caterham driver Charles Pic. His quickest time was 0.456 slower than the sum of his best individual sectors.
Fernando Alonso (0,260 s), Jenson Button (0,265 s), Esteban Gutierrez (0,327 s), Mark Webber (0,261 s), Jean-Eric Vergne (0,291 s) and Sergio Perez (0,300 s) also were some way from their ‘ideal lap’. They either attacked the lap too fast, so lost grip in the last sector, or they were too cautious in the first sector and failed to heat the tyres quickly enough.
Most drivers recorded their fastest time on their second lap, i.e. the first flying lap. The exceptions were Esteban Guitierrez and Romain Grosjean who delivered their best time on their second flying lap.
The Red Bull drivers were not looking to post fastest times. Sebastian Vettel posted his best during an 8 lap run. The sequence of lap times were like this: Out lap then a 1.22,514 min – 1.35,920 min – 1.25,222 min – 1.26,509 min – 1.27,305 min – 1.28,366 min – box lap. You can see how the tyres suffer when drivers start the stint fast with a corresponding amount of fuel. Despite the 3rd lap being a cooling lap to cool the tyres, Vettel’s lap times following this still fell away dramatically.
His second fastest time with 1.25,222 is already 2.7 seconds slower than the quickest and then the times fall almost by a second per lap thereafter. Jenson Button got his time of 1.21,444 in a sequence of five laps. The McLaren driver cooled down his tyres even more. Button’s second lap was a 1.55,197. After that he completed a lap in 1.23,592.
Hamilton’s fastest time was set in a sequence of seven laps. The most impressive was during his 2nd attempt. The Englishman completed a lap of 1.20,610 and added five laps to that. Here is the exact sequence of seven laps: Out lap then a 1.20,610 min – 1.35,176 min – 1.21,981 min – 1.26,752 min – 1.27,198 min – box lap. The Mercedes must have had at least 15 kg of fuel in the tank, probably closer to 20kg. The time of 1.21,981 following the tyre cooling lap looks very good though. After this Lewis’ times were more like Vettel’s in the 1.26 and 1.27.
The fastest laps were all set between 11.30am and 1pm. In this period the track was rather mild. The best slot for the longruns was between 2pm and 4pm. In this period the track temperatures were going down to just under 20 degrees Celsius. The graining didn’t appear to be that much, but it was still there and wasn’t ideal as the Pirelli’s didn’t get to the minimum heat of 80 degrees or more which is required to make them work.
Paul Hembery said, “All the compounds and constructions have changed for 2013, and the drivers should notice a wider working range and a bigger window of peak performance. The performance gaps between the compounds are also larger, which means that teams have a greater opportunity to use strategy to their advantage by exploiting the consequent speed differentials.”
In relation to the Australian Grand Prix he added “Cold weather conditions during pre-season testing meant that we weren’t able to showcase them [tyres] to the best of their abilities, but we are expecting a different story in Albert Park, with two to three pit stops per car.”
We are in for a very interesting season and the strategists are going to earn their keep this season as there are a number of scenarios you could run and, on paper, they all seem viable.
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