Andrea Lojelo wrote:I cannot see any good reason to go on the right on the main straight outside of the white lines. Is that really going to give you any advantage?
People tent to go as left as they can to gain as much speed as possible on Parabolica exit.
It's just an exception / a habit of me just on this track, I'm doing this since GP4 lol...
, 'cause at the exit of the parabolica I am more near to the right side, so I have to go a little less way when I stay there in the middle of the track instead of steering to the outside of this slightly corner where I also have more way to go then.
But I will not do that anymore and stay in the white lines in this straight, I think too you can't gain time when staying more right (maybe just 0.002 sec. or s.th. lol
Btw.: on some other tracks it makes sence to stay on a straight line to the finish on a hotlap and not always drive the longer way of the normal ideal-racingline (Malaysia is one of these tracks or also the old layout of Magny Cours and even Interlagos a little bit also).
Sometimes I wonder when watching F1 why most of the F1 drivers take the long way to the finish line in their fastest laps in Malaysia or Interlagos for example. Just very few doing the shorter version(s), in the past I remember that Jaques Villenueve was one of this 'clever' guys who took always the shorter ways to the finish line on every track where this had been an advantage
edit: I just watched this nice 'WR-lap' of Barrichello (year 2004 I guess) again and saw that he does it too a little bit (but not outside the white line of course)
or this Schumi one (2003): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1GK6oy8bHI&feature=related
-But I noticed, the counting start/finish line was set more earlier at the back of the straight at that years.