Myrvold wrote:So, I watched the race, and even though JV was far off in qual, he seemed to have a good racepace, and made up some positions (not only cause of others crashing).
Or is this just the JV-fan in me coming through?
It's the JV-fan inside you. In the V8s, most of the rounds have two compounds that have to be run; softs and hards (Although, they really should be called super duper hard and hard as a rock
). The softs are usually a second a lap quicker than the hards and usually can last long enough to make it the norm to get the hards out of the way and pit for softs at the earliest possible opportunity to make it to the end with the least number of stops (Or the 'get-home' point as Larko constantly refers it as)
Now, if you're buried in the field and out of position out of qualifying, it's worth starting on softs and running as hard and as long as humanly possible in the first stint to make up track position (which was exactly what Tander did to get himself into podium contention after his shootout stuff-up). Villeneuve and the Pepsi-Max crew did the exactly same thing until he plucked an oil line on a kerb and ended their afternoon.