Radio ban drives drivers

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Radio ban drives drivers down
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D he new rules for qualification, tires and the radio ban received a lot of criticism in advance. Taken individually, they seem relatively ineffective. But the key, as Nico Rosberg rightly states, lies in the combination: 'All three together are a real challenge. They increase the chance that the fastest will not be on pole position or win the race.'

Especially that The driver is worried about radio bans. Because they are practically left alone. The days of total remote control are over. Rosberg is looking forward to it: 'We are no longer puppets. It is now up to us to make the best of the race.' A saying that lets you look deep. Obviously, some of the pilots felt too much patronized in recent years.

The danger of strategy errors

The information vacuum is apparently so confusing that not even Rosberg could decide which of the forbidden instructions challenges the driver the most. Once it was the racing strategy, then the fuel consumption. Later the missing information on tire wear.

But first things first. Controlling fuel consumption cannot, according to Rosberg, be compared with a car: 'Because the car burns fuel to different degrees at different points in the race. And because there are many ways to save. Simply take off the gas or press a button not. It could be too much or too little. But the box can no longer tell me which is the best method for the moment. '

With regard to the strategy, Rosberg gives an example:' Let's assume , I'm supposed to do the first pit stop on lap 10. Then I'll drive so that the tires are down on lap 10. But it can happen that the team pulls you in a lap earlier or leaves you outside two laps longer to avoid the traffic Then I have to bite the bullet. Either I drive on with worn tires and get out of the field without traffic, or we optimize tire wear, but accept that I'm in the wrong place in the field. '

Rosberg has been cramming for months

In the future, sudden changes in strategy are always associated with the fact that the driver in question gives away time. And others benefit from it because it's just perfect for themfits. 'Since you can no longer discuss anything with the box, you will drive as it was planned in the morning at the strategy meeting,' believes Rosberg.

Also with the settings for engine, transmission, energy management, brake force distribution and Differential are the driver and his multifunction steering wheel with himself. 'I put months of work into learning everything I need to know. Or where I can call up things that explain certain procedures to me. I now have a completely free hand with what I set on the steering wheel,' explains Rosberg /p>

For some things the drivers have to develop a feeling again and then help themselves. Topic management of tires and brakes. The driver has to feel when and where things get tight. And he now has to know exactly how to lower the temperature on hot front brakes or how to drive to keep overheated rear tires happy.

Nevertheless, Rosberg sticks: 'It's a cool challenge. I am now on my own and can decide for myself. ' Mercedes has already practiced many of these topics during the test drives. Another reason why Rosberg and Hamilton were the kilometer champions in Barcelona.

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