March 25, 2011

Australian GP: Wing Comparison

Don't read too much into this , there are just too many variables and unknowns in Friday practice, but have a look at this RTL comparison between Red Bull and Ferrari's use of the movable rear wing, it suggests Red Bull can "open up" sooner.

As I said, grain of salt but it's something to look for in qualifying when wing use will be free. In the race, following FIA logic, wing use will be limited to FIA approved circumstances on specific sections of the track.

Practice 2 results:

Pos Driver Team Time Laps

1. Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m25.854s 32
2. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m25.986s + 0.132 31
3. Alonso Ferrari 1m26.001s + 0.147 28
4. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m26.014s + 0.160 35
5. Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m26.283s + 0.429 33
6. Schumacher Mercedes 1m26.590s + 0.736 31
7. Massa Ferrari 1m26.789s + 0.935 34
8. Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m27.101s + 1.247 39
9. Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1m27.280s + 1.426 34
10. Rosberg Mercedes 1m27.448s + 1.594 23
11. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m27.525s + 1.671 31
12. Petrov Renault 1m27.528s + 1.674 29
13. Heidfeld Renault 1m27.536s + 1.682 22
14. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m27.697s + 1.843 30
15. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m28.095s + 2.241 35
16. di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m28.376s + 2.522 33
17. Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1m28.583s + 2.729 31
18. Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1m29.386s + 3.532 29
19. Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1m30.829s + 4.975 22
20. Trulli Lotus-Renault 1m30.912s + 5.058 23
21. D'Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1m32.106s + 6.252 36
22. Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1m32.135s + 6.281 30
23. Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth No time 1

All Timing Unofficial

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  1. okay, I understand you don't like the DRS, but aesthetically how can't you love watching its implementation? They took an element of the car which held downforce and sponsors and made it do something controlled from the cockpit which will increase overall speed.

    The verdict is still out on overtaking however...

  2. This doesn't matter at all.

    Charlie Whiting has said that they will only allow the system to arm on the straight, after a specified timing loop, approx 600m from the braking zone.

    So the practical application prohibits them from deploying DRS coming out of a corner...

  3. So even during qualifying the DRS can still only be used in the designated area, not for the entire track, correct?

    Also, didn't Charlie extend the area for Melbourne to 867m so that the zone includes a corner exit? That will give teams with better mechanical grip an extra boost since they will be able to deploy it earlier.

    I still think it's terrible. Why don't we just have push-to-pass like Indy and all the other fabricated races?

  4. @ben they keep changing as they go but my understanding is that in practice and quali drivers are free to use the device as they please. only during the race it's remote regulated :)

    but like I said they may even have changed that by now

  5. FYI, it looks like Speed is streaming P3 LIVE tonight at 8pm PST / 11pm EST.

    Doubt they'll stream quali or the race live, but this is something at least!

  6. OK, so now the FIA have banned the use of the movable wing if it rains... or even if there is one car on track with intermediates. I can see it now, teams will send out their second driver on intermediates so that their other guy can't be passed...laugh now :)


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