- Jan 16, 2020
Was that the reason for the "cool car" warnings Russel said he was getting during the race? His engineer replied they were real. I thought it was a weird conversation to be replayed by the tv direction. But Russel had already complained that the cockpit was getting too hot before the race started.I still think we're going to see a very variable merc performance. It will probably average out to 3rd in the WCC but with some big struggles at some tracks (cooler and higher altitude ones in particular). They need to nail the set up on that car and I think that is going to be their major difficulty at some tracks.
It will be interesting to see if anything comes of both Mercs almost cooking their engines at the end of the race. Both leaking coolant suggest they had driven them to their absolute limit. Much like a computer chip overheating an engine is not something you can reverse, the performance and/or life you've taken out of it isn't coming back. It's also a possible limit of the nopod design as it's very tightly packaged with limited air intakes, it may struggle for cooling/reliability at particularly hot and/or high altitude tracks. That or they went balls to the wall marginal on everything at Barcelona to try and placate hambone.
Sainz was missing quite a few upgrades that Leclerc had so it's possible the upgrades to the Merc and Alpha have caught up to that original ferrari design but the new ferrari design has also taken a step forward.