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Old 04-29-2004, 02:07 PM   #24
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When you talk about how fast a driver is....most "experts" believe that MS is about .5 seconds faster than anyone else out there, taking the car out of the equation.

That's about on par with his spreads over Rubens in races where they both finish and you take out other variables such as slacking up to conserve brakes or engine or tires or other to finish the race. (MS races, when in front, at the slowest speed needed to win)

I think a bigger factor in explaining Ruben's speed variance to Schumacher's is in Scuderia Ferrari's pit strategies. As #2, RB is frequently running the more conservative strategy, depending upon track, to insure if MS were to fail, that a Ferrari is still in it...
Also, if on same strategy, MS is almost always 1st in.

Rubens is ALOT faster than he is given credit...comparing qualifying times over several seasons is also quite demonstrative.

Anywho.....great stuff....I wish I could find an article I read awhile back, that compared telemetry graphics and interviews to demonstrate the differences between MS and RB on several different circuits in the same year. They are both extraordinarily fast and consistent AND they drive COMPLETELY differently. Rubens being more of a slow in fast out, brake and go'er whereas MS is an apparent MASTER at trailbraking and brake modulating completely through apexes in many cases....
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