So What Are The Lads Up To? P1 and P2 Peformance Of Ferrari and McLaren

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So What Are The Lads Up To? P1 and P2 Peformance  Of Ferrari and McLaren

I am looking at the performance levels of the McLaren and Ferrari teams after P1 and P2. I know riveting stuff! It is quite interesting thought to look at how similar the sector speeds and speed trap times are for both teams because you really get a glimpse at how closely matched the Ferrari's of Massa and Raikkonen and the McLaren's of Hamilton and Kovalainen really are.

P1

     S1      S2   S3   trap  
Hamilton 287 281 266   Rai 316
Kov 287 280 264   Massa 315
Massa 286 279 264   Kov 312
Rai 285 278 264   Hamilton 312

P2

     S1      S2    S3   trap  
Hamilton 285 280 265   Rai 314
Kov 284 278 264   Massa 313
Massa 285 277 262   Kov 313
Rai 283 276    na   Hamilton 312

The air temp,pressure and wind direction were all really consistent as well with the humidity % being 7 % higher in P2.

So now lets look at the thrilling sector times!

P1

    S1      S2       S3
Hamilton 25.1 28.3 42.1
Kov 25.1 28.4 42.4
Massa 25.2 28.4 42.2
Rai 25.3 28.4 42.2

P2

    S1    S2      S3
Hamilton 25.1 28.2 42.2
Kov 25.3 28.6 42.8
Massa 25.2 28.5 42.4
Rai 25.3 28.5 42.5

Hamilton was the only driver to pick up time; in sector two he picked up a whopping 1/10th, but he lost time on sector three by a one-tenth.

Massa found some balance and was able to take two-tenths off of his sector 3 time while losing a 1/10 in sector two.

It is also interestingto note that the Ferrari's lost 2KPH at the trap in P2 while Hamilton stayed the same and Heikki picked up a little.

As you can see in this thrilling comparison the times are really tight ;showing Ron Dennis may actually know what he is talking about when he said the Ferrari's and McLarens are both equal in performance and it's anybody's race.

I cannot wait for P3 and qualifying to take place. My guess is Lewis is going for pole and hoping to get some help from Heikki so he can distance himself from the field and pit early.

Ferrari seem to be working on race pace and I have a feeling they have some confidence in that all they have to do is lighten their fuel load for qualifying to match Hamiltons pace.

The Ferrari of Massa seemed to like the option tyre better than Kimi's and if Massa can take care of his tyres on a heavier race fuel load; he might be able to force the McLaren to pit for tyres first and at that point put on a screamer of lap while Hamilton is in the pits for fresh rubber.

This is where Alonso might come into the picture and the Kimster factor could also play out especially if Kimi is on the harder tyre compound and heavy on the fuel. I think the race is going to be decided by who has to come in first for tyres and fuel.

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