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Chinese Grand Prix – Friday Practice

April 18, 2014


I’m really sorry about the last couple of weeks – I did about half the analysis of the race for Malaysia, and I didn’t get the chance to do anything at all for Bahrain – but I did discover how the fuel consumption at a circuit can affect the competitiveness. In Malaysia, there was no […]

Chinese Grand Prix: Underlying Pace

April 17, 2013


So here is the performance chart of race pace in China constructed using the curve fits from the intelligentF1 model. I have put the drivers and cars in number order – as it’s most helpful for team mate comparisons. The quoted pace is underlying laptime pace relative to the fastest pace (Alonso on the medium […]

Chinese Grand Prix: Race Notes

April 15, 2013


Alonso out front An intriguing Chinese Grand Prix, then – with some things matching the Friday/Saturday analysis here, and some surprises. That Ferrari were able to maintain the pace on the medium tyre was a surprise – the Friday data matched the performance of Massa, but Alonso’s practice run was too short to know that […]

Chinese Grand Prix: Strategy Options

April 13, 2013


Qualifying leaves us with a fascinating race in prospect. Personally I’m surprised that only three cars went for the mediums in Q3, and my initial feeling was that Vettel and Button look good for the race tomorrow. But do they? Well, I’ve had a play with the numbers, and I can give a few pointers […]

Chinese Grand Prix: Friday Practice

April 12, 2013


And so to China, where the headline times from practice show Mercedes looking good in FP1 and Ferrari in FP2. But the real story is that the soft tyres are fragile. We talking about more than 0.5s per lap degradation – it’s like it only has a phase 2. Alonso lost five seconds of pace […]

Chinese Grand Prix: Story from the Data

April 17, 2012


This is a complicated one. Usually, the gaps between the cars become large enough that the analysis can be done a few cars at a time, and traffic effects are mainly significant in the first stint. But here, and this is entirely due to the fact that F1 2012 is extremely close, pretty much every […]

Chinese Grand Prix: Why the pitstop didn’t cost Button – and how McLaren could have challenged Rosberg

April 16, 2012


There is a huge amount of work to do to dissect such a complex (and gripping) race as the Chinese Grand Prix. Trouble is, I find myself watching the action when I’m trying to do analysis. The last ten laps are as much fun as any race in the last twenty years. Great stuff. So, […]

Chinese Grand Prix: Strategy with an unexpected grid order

April 14, 2012


Qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix may have provided little surprise in the battle between Hamilton and the Mercedes cars for pole, but with Lewis’ penalty (he starts 7th), it is very difficult to predict a winner. Were Hamilton to start second, he would be a heavy favourite, and he could do it on a […]

Chinese Grand Prix: Strategy Predictions and Friday Practice

April 13, 2012


The first two races have been interesting this year in that the qualifying pace has been much slower than 2011 (over 1 second at each race), but the race pace has been less affected – about 0.5s, although the fastest lap in Malaysia was only 0.2s slower than the previous year’s best. This gives us […]

Retro: Why the 2011 Chinese Grand Prix was not won by strategy

April 10, 2012


Up until a few days ago, I was under the impression that Lewis Hamilton’s swashbuckling victory in last year’s Chinese Grand Prix was down to McLaren’s decision to change from a two-stop race to a three stop race, and that Hamilton was able to catch and pass the Red Bull of Sebastian Vettel due to […]