Reviews Mercedes: Have lost both over and undercut
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© Motorsport Images Max Verstappen does not see himself as a favorite for the Formula 1 opener Red Bull and Max Verstappen have completed the three-day Formula 1 test drives on the Bahrain International Circuit with the fastest time . While things were going well at Verstappen and Red Bull, Mercedes experienced three problematic days. Nevertheless, Verstappen still has the star brand at the top of the bill. "At the end of the day it's a test.
Although Red Bull Mercedes has beaten with an overcut, defend the silver arrows of her strategy - in the end but that did not matter: "Goods too slow"
, Mercedes in Baku has committed the same "mistake" as in Monaco, and thus lost the lead and ultimately the race? Already in Monte Carlo, the Rennstall Lewis Hamilton had brought the box to the box as the first driver, although the OVERCUT was clearly the better strategy.
also in Baku Hamilton drove in Round 11 as the first pilot of the top group to the box and was promptly overtaken by both Red Bulls with an Overcut. But with Mercedes one says: It did not matter when you were driven in the box. The race would have been lost both with over and with Undercut.
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"We searched for a possibility for pit stop to make sure that no undercut can be made against us," explains Mercedes Technology Director Mike Elliott. The team waited until the race developed so that one would not come out after stopping behind a slower car. "We had to use the chance," says Elliott.
"If we had danger longer, we would have given Red Bull just the opportunity to make an undercut against us." He stresses: "On the TV screen, it may look like an Overcut would have been the better solution, but in reality the Undercut was the fastest solution."
Nevertheless, Red Bull Mercedes could crack with both cars within just two rounds. On the one hand, on a bad pit stop, which was more than two and a half seconds slower at 4.6 seconds than at Max, on the other hand, on a bad outlap pace of Hamilton. For Sergio Perez came by, even though its pit stop took longer with 4.3 seconds.
"We were just not fast enough," reveals Elliott. "We had something too strong problems with the degradation with the soft tires and were not fast enough when we drove out on the hards."
For comparison: Hamilton needed 2: 06.683 minutes for its outlap, stipen only 2: 02.951 minutes, Perez 2: 04.379 minutes - all inclusive pit stop.
"So it did not play a role for which way we decided," says Elliott. "We chose the option that should have been better in theory."
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