Hamilton would double Marquez in the third round to Austin

Comparison of machines: the pole of the Mercedes W10 is half a minute faster than that of the Honda RC213V. The difference is made in the curve crossing.


What is more, an F1 or a MotoGP? The correct answer: both. In a straight line, the motorcycle can approach 360 kilometers per hour thanks to its air efficiency and an optimal relationship between weight and power. In a curve, the aerodynamic support of the cars literally hits the asphalt, from 150 kilometers per hour they would generate enough cargo to drive through the roofs of a tunnel and that allows them to take Copse, in Silverstone, at about 280 kilometers per hour or climbing Eau Rouge, in Spa, around 300. Although the F1 before 2017, with the worst cornering, set records with a maximum of 378 kilometers per hour, currently 350.

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The 'Great Circus' is deployed in Austin this week and the Circuit of the Americas is one of the four common stages that both World Cups visit, so the performance of the four to the two wheels can be directly compared. Lewis Hamilton won the pole a year ago by setting a 1: 32.237 (average: 215.2 km / h), Márquez did the same at the beginning of 2019 with a 2: 03.787 (average: 160.3 km / h). There is more than half a minute of difference, the Mercedes W10 would bend to the Honda RC213V before completing three laps, although to take advantage of the blue flags it would have to wait for a curve, since it would lack tip to overtake a motorcycle in the two huge lines of COT.

That performance difference responds to the descriptions of the first paragraph and is generated in braking and cornering: an F1 brakes later and less time, because the turn can start at a faster speed. For example, in Curve 12, key point after the big straight, the British driver would step on the left pedal 125 meters from the entrance and descend from 333 km / h to 94 km / h in just 2.5 seconds. Márquez needs more than double the distance, 323 meters, and reduces from 339 km / h to 67 km / h in 6.3 seconds. The same is true in the other two major braking of the Texas layout, Curve 1 and Curve 11. It is also explained that MotoGP has more overtaking when it reaches a curve: ignoring that the motorcycle occupies less space and its layout is more close, the braking lasts much longer and allows more actions. In F1 it is just as critical (withstanding 5G forces when decelerating by 1.8G of motorcycles), but fleeting: they barely spend 19% of the lap stepping on the brake, in MotoGP it is 30% of a longer lap.

Mechanically, the Mercedes engine is a 1,600cc hybrid V6 that can develop up to 1,000 hp in classification modes, where the electrical supply is 25%, all on a mass of 743 kilograms. The Honda, with a 1,000cc V4 engine, reaches only 300CV but just has to move 157 kilos of motorcycle plus the rider, hence its advantage in acceleration and maximum speed. The balance is unbalanced exclusively in the chassis and aerodynamic appendages: in F1 it is a science in itself, with progress worthy of aircraft and unstoppable development over the past two decades, giving rise to the more complex ailerons, pontoons or diffusers of The history of motor racing. In MotoGP they have wanted to avoid its expansion (and its enormous costs), although the manufacturers have been incorporating wings first, then gills that will go further. Because something if something equally characterizes the two largest motor championships is an unstoppable technological evolution.



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