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Mercedes and Red Bull battle
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The stopwatch never lies and it says that the fastest qualifying car has once been Mercedes and three times Ferrari but what it cannot do monlcer down jackets is reveal how those times are being derived, especially when it involves the black art of tyre temperature management.
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One very obvious distinction to be made is that Mercedes, unlike in previous seasons in the hybrid era, no longer have a Q3 engine mode advantage over Ferrari to skew the picture.
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We then saw in Q3 Ferrari switch on its own Q3 mode and suddenly their half second moncler sale outlet advantage over Mercedes re appeared, moncler outlet maybe even extended slightly. Vettel’s pole lap was 0.6s faster than anything Mercedes could do.
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moncler outlet sale On a track temperature of just 19 degrees Celsius, the tyres on the Merc were just not reaching the critical temperature threshold on Saturday. When the track was in the early mid 20s on Friday and Sunday, the Merc tyres were much nearer that threshold (though still hovering in and out of it with Hamilton on Sunday) cheap moncler sale and in those conditions, it appeared as if the Ferrari was no more than 0.1s quicker. moncler outlet sale
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Everything since suggests the Ferrari is simply a slightly faster car.
Yes, the Mercedes has been struggling with tyre temperatures (in Bahrain qualifying it was overheating the surface, in Shanghai under heating the whole tyre) and the Ferrari has not. But that in itself can often be a function of a car with less downforce, not putting as much energy into the tyres.
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cheap moncler coats What of Red Bull’s RB14? It won in Shanghai mainly because a Safety Car allowed it to be on a much faster tyre than the Merc or Ferrari and bunched the field up, allowing those ahead of Ricciardo to be within his reach. cheap moncler coats
moncler factory outlet But when it was working well, it was capable of stunning lap times. Both engineers and drivers at Mercedes doubted very much they could have done Ricciardo’s late race times even if they’d had the same tyres. moncler factory outlet
cheap moncler jackets Could Ferrari? We had seen a brief glimpse of Red Bull’s speed in the early laps of Bahrain before they broke down. Ricciardo had easily had the legs of Raikkonen and was just trying to work out which corner to pick for the pass when his car stopped, while Verstappen was able to put his Turn One move on Hamilton by being much quicker through the final corner. cheap moncler jackets
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The late laps in Shanghai just confirmed that in certain situations the RB14 may just be the quickest car of all as did Friday in Baku when as a generality Ricciardo was the class of the field.
But it cheap moncler jackets is always going to be difficult moncler mens jackets to convert this into victory when the Q3 mode disadvantage leaves you starting on row three, two at best.
The Baku track’s unique layout (Monaco style middle sector but with a 2km straight at the end of the lap) saw different wing choices being made and this had a fundamental effect on tyre behaviour.
cheap moncler Both Ferrari and Mercedes opted to use compromise spoon shaped rear wings (ie trimmed out at the outer edges, but with plenty of profile in the more efficient middle part) but Ferrari ran theirs with significantly more angle (meaning, unusually, they were the Moncler sale slowest of the big three through the speed traps, around 9kph down on Red Bull during qualifying). cheap moncler
Red Bull ran a conventional profile, but ran it almost flat, giving relatively little downforce and relying on the car’s exceptional underbody performance to get an adequate total level. But in the cool of race day Baku, it was not enough to allow them to get the harder supers switched on. Merc were struggling with this too but less so. Ferrari were not struggling with it at all.