We have been running a discussion on the concept of the “Perfect Lap” recently and Sebastian Vettel referred to it on Sunday in Austin in his post race press conference (see comment below).
It’s an intriguing notion; man and machine in perfect harmony, raising the question – Is there such a thing as a “perfect lap”?
McLaren and their partner SAP have been exploring it in a short video series and the latest version – the Drivers’ Edit – has just been posted. This features Jenson Button and a number of McLaren engineers and includes an amazing graphic cutaway view of how a driver sits in an F1 car.
For the record Vettel’s comment after the race on Sunday was, “These tyres do need some management.. also in terms of driving style and looking after them and making sure you don’t go crazy too soon, because it might hurt you later on, so therefore, if you look at the perfect lap, you can’t repeat a 100 percent lap every time, because you need to look after the car and tyres.
“In the end, I think what you want to achieve is the fastest race to the finish line. I think we had a very very strong race today.”