Renault attack on Mercedes GP

Renault attack on Mercedes GP
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M ercedes GP drove the second best Grand in Spa-Francorchamps Prix ​​since the Turkish GP on May 30th. In the three months in between there was only one silver highlight with Nico Rosberg's third place at Silverstone. In Spa, too, it didn't look like a successful weekend at first.

The problems with the hot spots in the blown diffuser were still not satisfactorily solved. The F-slot worked better, but not as well as hoped. Both drivers missed the top ten in practice, certainly also because you got stuck in traffic at the crucial moment. Then Michael Schumacher had to drop by ten and Nico Rosberg by five.

Strategy helps Mercedes duo in the points

You can usually be happy from starting positions 14 and 21 if there are any points at the end. After 44 laps on the Ardennes slope, it turned into 14 points. This made Mercedes the most efficient team in Spa alongside Sauber. Both made up 22 positions each compared to training. The Silver Arrows benefited from a clever strategy. Almost all the other team bosses said they had the same thing in mind, but in the end only Mercedes, Lotus (with Trulli) and Virgin (with di Grassi) did it.

It was clear that rain would come at some point . In this case, the rule that every pilot must have driven the hard and soft tires at least once is no longer applicable. Mercedes therefore sent Schumacher and Rosberg off on hard feet. Which in Spa were hardly slower than the soft ones. The Mercedes duo just had to hold out until the rain came. That lasted until lap 34. So you saved a pit stop compared to those who had already used their two types of dry tires.

Schumi again with the fastest pit stop

The risk of bankruptcy was relatively low. Even if it hadn't rained, Mercedes could have made a mandatory switch to soft rubber on the penultimate lap. The saved pit stop brought Schumacher, Rosberg, Trulli and di Grassi around 24 seconds to their rivals. Once again, the Mercedes crew completed the fastest pit stop. Michael Schumacher led the ranking with 22.818 seconds from the entrance to the pit lane exit.

From Mercedes' point of view, however, the rain came a few laps too late. Above all, Rosberg would havehis rain setup can benefit from his voting poker longer. As long as it was dry, the lap times of the Silver Arrows left something to be desired. In the ranking of the fastest race laps, Rosberg and Schumacher only finished tenth and 13th. Lewis Hamilton's fastest time was 2.6 seconds short.

Mercedes GP moves backwards

This is not only due to the fact that you were driving with too much downforce in dry conditions and half a second in each of the two high-speed sectors lost to the extreme. The Mercedes are still following their form. Since the Turkish GP, people have moved backwards rather than forwards.

The retrofitting with the F-shaft and the blown diffuser tied up capacities and it went hand in hand with teething problems that have not yet been completely resolved. If you don't want to be caught by Renault in the World Championship table, you need a significant increase in performance from Monza. Renault is only 23 points short of Mercedes. Robert Kubica has been a candidate for the podium again since the F-slot debuted. In the end, one could not say that of Schumacher and Rosberg.

Renault on the advance with Kubica

Ferrari, Red Bull and Renault have taken a different direction than McLaren and Mercedes with their development schedule. The expansion stages come at longer intervals, but they work. Renault was the only team to have no start-up problems with the F-slot. 'It does exactly what the simulations promised us,' says Robert Kubica. You haven't heard that sentence at Mercedes for a long time.


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