Formula One reporter Joost Nederpelt answered your questions about the Bahrain Grand Prix on the reaction platform NUjij on Sunday afternoon. We have listed the five most interesting questions and answers.
Ghost Cyclist: Which teams do experts think will do better this season?
“It seems that the high rake team, which is higher from the ground to the rear, has gained a relative advantage. The same goes for Red Bull, McLaren, Ferrari and Alpha Tauri.”
“In addition, Honda and Ferrari have also made relative progress in engine power. Alfa Romeo has also benefited from the latter. Aston Martin and to a lesser extent Mercedes seem to have lost speed.”
Klaas_de_Boer: What does the problem of differentiation mean that Max has suffered/is suffering?
“We haven’t heard any details about the Verstappen differential problem. He complained that the problem mainly occurred at the exit of Turn 1, at least it seemed to be related to traction.”
This is my judgment: What are the emissions of these cars? How good is this for the environment?
“I don’t know exactly what emissions are. In fact, if you simply observe emissions in exhaust gas, it is not good for the environment. However, Formula One has played an important role in the development of fuel engines. For decades, They make it more fuel efficient and use a small amount of fuel to maximize their potential. I think today’s F1 engine may now be the most efficient internal combustion engine ever.”
“You can also add that F1 is also a development space for electric propulsion through ERS (Engine Recovery System), which can also be found on road vehicles.”
“You will never hear me say that Formula One racing is environmentally friendly, especially if you add all the flying, truck driving and the like to make the circus all over the world, then from a sustainability perspective, This is not bad news. The F1 plan quickly changed from organization and team to climate neutral.”
Jorn_Hoekstra: What was the purpose of Perez’s pit stop on the third lap?
“I think-but I have not heard this from Red Bull-these tires are not in good condition because they have been stationary for a long time. Of course, they have cooled down and Pérez has no chance to restore them to their original condition. . The temperature rises. Besides, they also become a bit dirty.”
“If you can buy a set of clean tires from a tire heater without wasting a lot of time, that would be a reasonable choice.”
Willem_op_de_tribune: Is Hamilton worthy of victory?
“Assuming that Mercedes’ car is not as good as Red Bull (from Verstappen), Hamilton can still win.”
“I think Mercedes handles it better Track position, So make sure you are in the lead at the right time. In Bahrain, overtaking with a similar car is really not that easy. Verstappen finally got off track in his attempts, and this fact also had some luck in due course. “
“The most important thing is that I think Verstappen is more qualified to win, but Red Bull’s performance is not as good as Mercedes. So in this regard, Hamilton is a well-deserved victory.”