Report F1: we Analyze the big three with the telemetry from Suzuka


The journal Motorsport Magazine has had access to the telemetry of the three big teams of the grill: Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari. With it we can draw a comparison and to determine with more accuracy the reason for the current dominance of Mercedes, and what allows Red Bull to raise opposition to Maranello after a start of the season more discreet.

To perform such a comparison, Motorsport Magazine has taken as a reference three laps completed in free practice on Friday at Suzuka, particularly in the second session of the Grand Prix of Japan. These laps given in similar moments and with maps conventional motor, as well as loads of fuel theoretically similar.

Mercedes vs. Network

Lewis Hamilton:
1:32.322 –
Max Verstappen:

The speed at the end
of a straight line is greater in the case of Lewis Hamilton, but with more grip in
the curve 1, Max Verstappen manages to match the output speed of the
british. But Hamilton can accelerate earlier and that serves to
getting more quickly to the eses
and maintain that advantage throughout the
first turns, until you reach the last downhill before tackling
the climb up through Dunlop.

The Red Bull shows
his excellent change of direction at the time of preparation for
make Dunlop in the background, it’s vital if you want to make to the fund.


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The power of the
Mercedes, as in all zones, fast pre-braking,
imposes and gives Hamilton more advantage still. Hamilton maintains that
advantage in the first corner of Degner, but Verstappen recovers in the
second, which is slower and leads to the fork. So much on it
as in Spoon, Hamilton get more entry speed into a curve,
compensating later Verstappen

As is logical,
the climb towards 130R the Mercedes shows its power at higher rpm
and returned to give advantage to Hamilton
, matching Verstappen speed
output of the famous curve, and both being almost identical
until the reaches to finish line and through the Casio chicane.

Mercedes vs. Ferrari

Lewis Hamilton:
1:32.322 –
Sebastian Vettel:

The tip speed of Hamilton is still higher than that of Sebastian Vettel on the main straight, growing the difference as the engine operates in a higher range of revolutions. In this comparison do not influence the maps engine special, so that the comparison has been made in equality of conditions.

In general lines, especially as you move around and the tyres of Vettel fucking temperature, the Ferrari allows braking later, confirming the excellent performance of the car from Maranello in this aspect. However, the Mercedes shows his great form in the changes of direction that, while it may not match Red Bull, yes it is superior to the Ferrari in this regard.


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In the Spoon can be clearly seen as the style of Hamilton, allows them to be more effective, both in the entry, as in the acceleration to the output, taking a bit of an advantage in the climb towards 130R as a result. Subsequently, as also in the comparison with Max Verstappen, the speed in the chicane is very similar between both pilots, but the Mercedes is again taking advantage in the direction of the finish line.

Ferrari vs. Red Bull

Max Verstappen: 1:33.061 – Sebastian Vettel: 1:33.103

The comparison between Ferrari and Red Bull have two readings clear. The first is that the engine Italian stretch more in the straight sections -especially in the approach to the curve 1 with the help of the DRS-something that’s evident in the straight, the climb up to Dunlop, the arrival at the fork, Spoon and 130R.


But Red Bull takes advantage of his superiority in aerodynamics to compensate for that deficit with better cornering in the majority of the turns of Suzuka. That is something that is especially visible in two of the eses of the first sector, but especially in Degner, the hairpin, through the two vertices of the Spoon, 130R and the first vertex of the Casio chicane. That gives a result almost identical in the overall of the vuelta.

the power of The Mercedes brand differences

Mercedes takes advantage of its advantage in terms of power, something increased for the mappings of the engine that is used in classification, with those obtained more power during short spaces of time. But in Suzuka they were not used as a result of the breakage of the engine of Lewis Hamilton in the final laps of the Malaysian Grand Prix, that so dearly cost him in the fight for the title with Nico Rosberg. Ferrari, by contrast, was able to do so, reducing the distance with Mercedes, and to increase it with Red Bull that, with the engine Renault, still can not enjoy the extra power.

The comparison has been done taking as reference laps of the second session of free practice with maps engine conventional fuel loadings and the like. In this sense, the first conclusion that can be drawn is that Mercedes has a not inconsiderable advantage to power level.


we can Also deduce that the innovations introduced in the Ferrari in Suzuka allowed the car to gain aerodynamic efficiency. According to the telemetry, Vettel holds the comparison with Hamilton and Verstappen in the Spoon, but lost some time in the eses of the first sector. In regard to tires, seems to have problems to generate temperature in the same time to perform to the maximum in the first part of the return, obtaining subsequently the lead when the Mercedes suffers from overheating in the eses.

Red Bull must be loaded with a clear deficit of top speed compared to Mercedes and Ferrari, but it is unbeatable in the changes of direction. What lack of power or increased drag? Probably a little of both.

The final conclusion that may be drawn from this comparative analysis is that the three have a chassis and aero package similar, although Red Bull has slight advantage in this aspect. While Ferrari suffers for generate temperature in the tyres, Mercedes runs the risk of suffer otherwise, but this is minimized by your clear advantage in motor refers.