Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez are each adamant that red bull’s victory sequence will be broken on Sunday, given that they are have qualified 11th and 13th and they are absolutely not out of position that is genuine reflection of how competitive the red bull was around Singapore.
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At least that’s how competitive they were with the setup that they chose for red bull’s F1 car.
Ultimate set up for the Unusual demand of this place
Maybe they did not find the ultimate setup for the Unusual demand of this place, but even if they had, this was always said to be a tough challenge for the trades of Red bull’s F1 car. It already felt like that on the simulator said Verstappen Afterward this was a difficult set-up window for the careful stop then we went to Suzuka and it just felt as wonderful as most of the races.
This is the frame Of reference with which to assess their performance. But even within that, this was a disastrous outcome which never think before. This track’s grip ramps up faster than others with the possible exception of the Hungaroring. we saw that most dramatically between the first and second run of Q1, where the track was around for 1s faster, maybe more, in just a few minute.
The track grip ramp up through the weekend played its part in some of the key decisions that took the car off into what in hindsight was the wrong the direction ,the car felt not too bad in FP3 this morning Verstappen allowed, but then we tired a few more things on the car for qualifying and I think it tipped it over and it became undrivable again.
So in analyzing just what went so wrong we are looking at a car which was put fundamentally in a very difficult window by the particular demands of the track. But that should only have taken it from by the faster car to merely competitive. Missing the set-up window then prevented them from even achieving that.
Why does this track put the red bull RB19 into such a difficult part of its set up window?
There are some clues on most other track this Red bull’s F1 car can run or lower rear ride hide then others without generating the bouncing phenomenon. That’s probably a function of its highly sophisticated high roved under floor and its long travel rear suspension.
But at some tracks, they are difficult limitation – that of grounding out the legality plank which defines the legal minimum ride height. Those other cars which cannot run as low as the Red bull without triggering bouncing don’t not need to be concerned about grounding the plank so much that it wear away to make the car illegally low. Because they cannot run that low anyway but a red bull can. So at both places ,Spa and in Singapore that becomes an issue of concern.
Is Red Bull Car runs higher than other ?
Red bull’s F1 car had to run the car much higher than usual to keep the car legal here and unlike many of its rivals ,its aerodynamics have not been optimized around such a ride height.
At Spa grounding problem is created by the combination of Eau Rouge’s very high-speed and the vertical load of the compression. Hence ,why Verstappen and Perez spent the whole race there backing off because before the compressions ,where everyone else was flat. Hence Verstappen coded instruction from his engineer GP almost every lap as he rounded LA sources to “use your head”.
Around spa red bull did not surrender the downforce which deliver the car fantastic performance. Rather than raising the right height out of a natural window, they instead compromised by getting the drivers to manage the problem at the only part of the Track where it manifested by backing off. That’s why the 2 driver in the fastest car in the field were the only ones not taking EAU rough flat.
But with the bumps of Singapore such a solution was not available. we can To alfa Romeo Valtteri Bottas for a further clue .Asked to explain why the alpha qualified so badly, he replied,” I should not go too much into details but we basically saw from yesterday that with the setup, ride heights, stiffness we had, we would probably be illegal after the race .So we had to make compromise that caused us downforce“. alpha raise the rear right height, in other word. Just as red bull had done already.
But there were further complicating factors for the red bull. Part of the RB19 usual strength is it relatively soft, long travel race suspension. It’s this which plays part in allowing the underfloor hero to work so effectively in providing big, consistent downloads throughout the speed range and it’s various angles of roll, making it much less peaky in its downforce delivery than other cars as compare to the Red bull’s F1 car.
Is there any issue in suspension ?
Furthermore the increase movement from the source suspension of probability disturbing the underfloor arrow dynamic which would make the car inconsistent and unpredictable. That was Friday in the low grip of FP1 Verstappen was third quick test just 0.1S of the Ferrari’s. As the grip ramped up for FP2 to the problem become worse. The more grip increased, the worse the balance became and the more the car bottomed out even with it is relatively big rear ride height. In FP2 Verstappen on was only 8 faster to, 0.7 S off the Ferrari’s. Both he and Seventh fastest parts were complaining of a dire lack of rear grip.
But that was still good enough to have both cars in the FP3 top 10 if they had just left their command they may well have repeated that in qualifying. But this is Redbull. Ambition pushes it on and further changes were made. Changes which just made the car worse. The car was massively bottoming out in the big break zone recalled Verstappen.
Every time I brake late my front wheels were becoming unloaded and on street circuit that is something which is very crucial to be confident on the break and attack the concern so I could not do that and in the low speed corners where I think we have been struggling already the whole weekend, I just had no rear support so I keep on having many slides or in my final lap a big1 at Turn 3. When it’s like there there is no lap
Hence it can be 11 on the time sheets
The combination of tailwind and sudden spike power delivery was enough to spine Perez out of his final lap at the same turn 3 which is the first Q2 run good only for P13. “Nothing worked,” he summarized. Plus for me, I just could not get the tyre temperature”.
This being the first phase at which the revised tech directives regarding flexing part are being applied (the updated TD18 and TD39), invariably there were questions about whether this had neither a previous Red Bull cleverness.